Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Idyll
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A. GenreA.1. Antiquity and Middle Ages

The word I. (Greek eidýllion, 'sketch') denotes a short, descriptive literary work in verse or prose. Theocritus, in the 3rd cent. BC, developed the I. as a poem in dactylic hexameters on realistic, everyday subjects, occasionally incorporating myths and dialogues.  The Hellenistic poets Moschus and Bion, and especially the Roman poet Virgil in his bucolic poetry (Bucolica or EclogaeEclogues), made the I. a poetic representation of an idealized rustic, pastoral world. Virgil also founded the tradition of portraying…

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Ciccolella, Federica (College Station, Texas), “Idyll”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004882>
First published online: 2015



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