Schütrumpf, Eckart (2014). The Earliest Translations of Aristotle's Politics and the Creation of Political Terminology. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7705-5685-4

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This study goes back ultimately to a response I gave on two papers presented on “Translating Aristotle’s Politics in Medieval and Renaissance Europe” at the “International Conference on Translation. The History of Political Thought,” at CUNY in 2005. Immersing myself in the more recent scholarly literature on Humanist translations of Greek philosophical texts I learned that one voice was all but absent—the voice of classicists whose scholarly focus is the Greek texts that were translated from the 13th century onwards. Such a voice needs to be heard especially for an assessment of the style of the Greek originals and for the ancient tradition behind the emerging political terminology in the 14th century, e.g. the changing meaning of res publica. For both issues an informed reference to classical texts will at times lead to different results than those drawn by Medievalists. This study examines the earliest Latin translations of Aristotle’s politics from the angle of a classicist. I presented arguments of this study at the Humboldt University Berlin, University of Cologne, University of Colorado at Boulder, Universidad Carlos Terzero Madrid, and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. I am grateful for the critical comments I received. My former student Dr. S. Farrington and my daughter Caroline Schütrumpf checked the English of this text; any remaining flaws are my responsibility. I would like to thank the directors of the Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Cologne, Professors Dr. G. Blamberger and Dr. D. Boschung, for accepting this study for the MLC series and Dr. Sidonie Kellerer for thorough copy editing.

Item Type: Book, conference item or legal commentary
Corporate Creators: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
Corporate Contributors: Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-82918
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Morphomata Lectures Cologne
Publisher: Wilhelm Fink Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-7705-5685-4
Volume: 8
Subjects: Italic Latin
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Aristoteles, ÜbersetzungGerman
Aristotle, TranslationEnglish
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Internationales Kolleg Morphomata
Language: English
Date: 2014
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Funders: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Place of Publication: Paderborn
Refereed: No


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