Category Archives: Literature

Špoljarić on politics, patronage and intellectual culture at the Hungarian court

The volume 38 of Građa za povijest književnosti hrvatske (Materials for Croatian literary history), published by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, appeared recently. The long-awaited volume presents an impressive selection of writings by past Croatian authors in Latin, Italian, Croatian, and German (including Croatian translations and paraphrases from Italian and Latin); most of the texts are edited from manuscripts, and appear in critical editions. The earliest work in this volume is the Navicula Petri, a short theological treatise composed during summer of 1463 by Nicholas bishop of Modruš, and edited by our own Croatica et Tyrolensia postdoc, Luka Špoljarić. For the blog, Luka has provided a summary of his contribution.

Remains of the city of Modruš on a drawing from the 17th century.
Remains of the city of Modruš on a drawing from the 17th century.

Politics, Patronage and Intellectual Culture at the Hungarian Court in the First Years of Matthias Corvinus’ Reign: Nicholas of Modruš and Peter’s Barge (Study, Critical Edition and Translation)

The article presents a new critical edition accompanied by a facing Croatian translation of Peter’s Barge (Navicula Petri), a theological treatise on the problem of physical evil composed by Nicholas bishop of Modruš (ca. 1425–1480). Nicholas was a Croatian Renaissance prelate who enjoyed close contacts with the court of the Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus (1458–1490) before embarking on a successful career at the papal Curia. The edition is based on the sole extant witness of the text, preserved as part of a fifteenth-century miscellany located in the Archive of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (AHAZU) under shelfmark II.b.3. Two earlier editions of the work (Veličan 1999; Hrkać 2006) are not only marred by errors in transcription, but have moreover failed to recognize two major scribal errors and have thus included not the end of Peter’s Barge but the end of Leonardo Bruni’s Short Oration before Pope Martin V, the work which follows in the manuscript. The critical edition presented here corrects the transcription errors of previous editions, includes for the first time the ending of the work which can be found two folios further in the manuscript, and establishes the original sequence of
this final portion of the text.

Continue reading Špoljarić on politics, patronage and intellectual culture at the Hungarian court

Stepanić i Georgius Huszthi u Berlinu

Suradnici projekta Croatica et Tyrolensia sudjelovali su na godišnjem kongresu Američkog društva za renesansu (Berlin, Sveučilište Humboldt, 26.-28. 3. 2015). Kolegica Gorana Stepanić napisala je za blog kratak osvrt.

(José Jiménez Aranda, Robinja na prodaju, 1892)

 

Godišnja skupština Američkog društva za renesansu (Renaissance Society of America) skup je duge tradicije, sjajne reputacije i izuzetno velikih brojaka. Konferencije obuhvaćaju panele s referatima, plenarna predavanja renomiranih stručnjaka, posebne kulturne priredbe i izložbe knjiga renomiranih svjetskih izdavača s područja ranonovovjekovne humanistike. Održavaju se uglavnom u Sjedinjenim Državama, no svake pete godine organizacija priređuje kongres na Starom kontinentu.

I ovogodišnja je berlinska konferencija, šezdeset prva u nizu, nastavila s tradicijom velikog broja sudionika. U historijskim zgradama starog i prestižnog berlinskog Humboldtova sveučilišta u tri je dana održalo preko 2700 referata. Svjetski stručnjaci za najrazličitije aspekte – poprilično široko shvaćene – renesanse izlagali su rezultate istraživanja u sklopu 894 tematski organizirana panela, koji su se paralelno izvodili u desecima sveučilišnih dvorana u pet dnevnih sesija.

Na berlinskoj je konferenciji sudjelovalo i dvoje suradnika projekta Croatica et Tyrolensia: Luka Špoljarić, poslijedoktorand na projektu i fellow na Odsjeku za klasičnu filologiju Filozofskog fakuteta u Zagrebu te mea parvitas, Gorana Stepanić, docentica na Odjelu za humanističke znanosti Sveučilišta Jurja Dobrile u Puli.

Naslov je mojeg izlaganja bio Georgius Huszthi and the Muslim Other: Expressing Identities in a Sixteenth-Century Latin Ottoman Captivity Report. Pokazala sam kako se u latinskim memoarima prema turskom i muslimanskom svijetu određuje jedan manje poznat humanist s područja današnje sjeverne Hrvatske, Georgius Huszthi (poznatiji kao Juraj Hus). U tursko je ropstvo Huszthi odveden 1532, te je u Osmanskom Carstvu proveo desetak godina.

Tema je američkim domaćinima bila izuzetno zanimljiva i odlično se uklopila u panel o odnosu prema Drugome u tekstu, koji je organizirala doktorandica s Kalifornijskog sveučilište Berkeley, Elisabeth Ashcroft Terry, posebno zainteresirana za paralelan fenomen, odnos ranonovovjekovne španjolske književnosti prema maurskom stanovništvu.

Ostali referati panela, o tretmanu muslimana i židova u propovjedima njemačkog franjevca J. Wilda (Paul Strauss, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) te o demonima u renesansi (Justine Walden, Yale University) upotpunili su sliku o tretmanu dijaboliziranog protivnika u ranonovovjekovnoj tekstualnoj propagandi.

 

CroALa, a Christmas edition

A new edition of Croatiae auctores Latini is available. At the moment, the collection contains 451 documents and almost 5.5 million words (5,452,609 to be exact). Moreover, we have a new server (croala.ffzg.unizg.hr), a new landing page, and search pages which are in the process of redesign. Though the process of moving home is not quite complete yet, the new site is functional.

CroALa also includes few more texts, among them Mors Smail-agae Čengić, Ivan Baković’s 1957 Latin translation of the poem by Ivan Mažuranić, two works on Turks from 1545 by Bartul Đurđević / Bartolomej Georgijevic, and a 1864 translation of the death of Ugolino from Dante’s Inferno by Vlaho Getaldić.

downloads-bg

Auctores per saecula

Quot auctores Croati, nobis noti et a nobis annotati, Latine scripserint oratione soluta, quot autem scripserint versus, inveniri potest (ope programmatum XQuery et BaseX) in pagina sequenti: croalabib-gen-saec.

How many Croatian authors wrote Latin prose, how many wrote verse? The answer, at least for those annotated in our database, can be found (via XQuery and BaseX XML database) on the following page: croalabib-gen-saec.

Razmilović, a Latin elegy
Beginning of an elegy written and transcribed by Bonaventura Razmilović, Split, c. 1650.