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Zum dynamischen Wechselverhältnis von Latein und Landessprache im deutschen Umgang mit niederländischen neulateinischen Autoren im Umfeld der Opitzschen Reform, am Beispiel von Hugo Grotius’ De veritate religionis Christianae

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This chapter presents an overview on the dynamic interrelation of Latin and German languages with Dutch Neo-Latin authors in the environment of Opitz's reform. Opitz, however, may have considered the translation of Grotius's Dutch poem to be an essential landmark within the framework of his overall program to renew contemporary German lyric. Grotius's posthumous fame seems to have prevailed his Calvinist origin and his reputation as a lifelong champion of religious tolerance. The chapter discusses the multi-layered reception of the German translations of Opitz and Köler. It concludes that in the German lands as well as in the Netherlands the dynamic relations between Latin and the vernacular in Early Modern times were partly assigned by the contest of religious confessions, as can be illustrated by the shifts in the German reception of Grotius's treatise.The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Opitz's; Grotius's Dutch poem



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