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4 János Arany’s Csaba Trilogy and Arnold Ipolyi’s Hungarian Mythology

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As something of a last Mohican or the aging Toldi, author intends to adhere to the now unfashionable school of philology, and by identifying and presenting one of the principal inspirations for The Death of Buda and unfinished Hun trilogy, namely Ipolyi's Magyar Mythologia. In author's view one would be remiss to neglect the consideration of this source, considering that the copy of Ipolyi's book used by János Arany is available in the Manuscript Archives of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences with the shelf mark 517. This chapter analyses these notes which would overstep the bounds, so author limits to discussion of the sections related to Arany's plans for the Hun epic. In the fall of 1854, Arany began studying and making notes on Arnold Ipolyi's Hungarian Mythology. Concerning the Hungarian version, Ipolyi refers to the works of Nicolaus Olahus (1493-1568) and Callimachus Experiens (Filippo Buonaccorsi, 1437-96).

Keywords: Arnold Ipolyi's Hungarian Mythology; Callimachus Experiens; Hun trilogy; János Arany; Magyar Mythologia; Nicolaus Olahus; The Death of Buda



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