Urban Honor in Spain: The Laus Urbis from Antiquity Through Humanism (New ed.)

Urban Honor in Spain: The Laus Urbis from Antiquity Through Humanism (New ed.)

By: Jeffrey S. Ruth (author)Hardback

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This is a profound and original examination of the theoretical and cultural reasons behind the concept of praising the city. "Urban Honor in Spain" is an historical study of Spain and the writing technique of laus ubris (praise of the city) during the 15th century. The book begins by providing an overview of how laus urbis was developed and codified in oratory and classical literary texts during the Greco-Roman period. The book then explores how this technique re-emerged during the Middle Ages to become a politically powerful corpus that formed an early national culture by praising cities and nations. In Medieval and Renaissance Spain, laus ubris, provided a sense of local community to city and town dwellers in the indefinite and blurry political landscape of Iberia during the Reconquista. Notwithstanding its historical significance, the book contributes to Spanish literary studies a profound and original examination of the theoretical and cultural reasons behind the concept of praising the city.

Contents

1. Ancient and Medieval Theory for the Praise of Cities; 2. Ancient Precedents to Medieval and Humanist Encomia of Cities; 3. Medieval Latin Encomia of Cities; 4. The Medieval Iberian Laus Hispaniae and Laus Urbis; 5. Vernacular Praise of City and Kingdom, 1300-1460; 6. The Early Humanist Laus Urbis and Its Adaptation in Spain.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773425613
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 308
  • ID: 9780773425613
  • ISBN10: 0773425616
  • edition: New ed.

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