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12 Tierallegorie als ein Mittel der Fürstenerziehung. Die Theriobulia des böhmischen Humanisten Johannes Dubravius With an English Summary

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According to Bruno Singer, it is characteristic of the mirrors of princes written by Renaissance Humanists that in comparison to medieval mirrors of princes much less attention is paid to political theory and the theological justification of the power of the regent. The Theriobulia, a polymetric poem written in 1518 by the Bohemian Humanist Johannes Dubravius, is in many respects a typical humanistic mirror of princes. However, its literary form makes it unique among others of its genre. In Theriobulia, the instruction and admonition is transposed into literary fiction in the form of an animal parliament convened by the Lion, the king of all animals. Dubravius contrived the animal allegory with reference to Roman history, comparing the Bohemian Brotherhood with a Roman Legion, which due to the crests on the helmets of its soldiers was called "the legion of the crested lark". The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Bruno Singer; Renaissance Humanists; Dubravius; Roman Legion



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