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News, Propaganda and Poetry. Language and Imagery in Hugo Grotius’s Maurice Epigrams

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This chapter provides some insight into the role both image and propaganda played in the interaction between Neo-Latin and the vernacular in the case of the Maurice epigrams, by analysing the creation and reception of the engravings, the epigrams and their translation. It discusses the creation of the engravings to which they belong. The chapter examines the medium of the news print, since this tells more about the formal aspects and function of the Maurice engravings. It discusses the German poems on the Hogenberg engravings. The chapter presents an overview on the conception of the Maurice Epigrams. Nieuwsprent, or news print, is a relatively young term, which Dutch researchers, such as Klinkert, use to describe broadsheets with an engraving at the focal point. It is clear that Hogenberg's news prints served as an inspiration for the engravings of Bast and Dolendo for which Grotius wrote his Maurice epigrams.

Keywords: Hogenberg engravings; Maurice epigrams; Neo-Latin; news print; vernacular



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