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Frühneuzeitliche Landesbeschreibung in einer antiken Geographie – Der Rhein aus persönlicher Perspektive in Vadians Kommentar zu Pomponius Mela (1522)

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This chapter deals with the transformation process sparked by the commenting on an ancient geography of early modern humanist scholar. This is shown through the example of the "Rhine-lemma" in a commentary composed by the Swiss reformers and humanist Joachim Vadianus on the Roman geographer Pomponius Mela. In his description, Vadianus narrows down the "description of the Rhine "to the Alpine Rhine and the region of Lake Constance, where his own roots lie. He chooses to neglect the fact that the Rhine functions as a border between the Swiss Confederation, France and Germany. In his role as a commentator, Vadianus claims for himself authoritative knowledge consisting of empirical observations made by an eye-witness. The original text of the chapter is in German and English.

Keywords: Joachim Vadianus; Pomponius Mela; Rhine-lemma; Swiss Confederation



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