Nürnberger Prosa-Äsop

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Aesop
Avianus
Grubmüller, Klaus
Romulus
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1994
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This is a very helpful little volume. It contains a text with apparatus criticus for the sixty-three fables in the Nurnberg Prose Aesop from Vienna from sometime before 1412. The notes after each fable also indicate the source. Two major sources are at play here: thirty-nine fables from Avianus (his collection normally seems to include forty-two) and twenty-four from Romulus. I gather from a hasty reading of Grubmüller's careful introduction that this work represents not only an assertion of the prose tradition that will culminate in Steinhoewel but also a strong statement within the fable genre of the medieval tradition of commentary and allegory. Grubmüller sketches a standard format on XI that includes a statement of the moral (Lehrzeil, usually through Hic auctor docet), a prose paraphrase of the fable's story, and an allegorical analysis. There is also careful comment on the manuscript tradition. I look forward to sitting down with texts like this. I tried the first, Wolf u. Weib, and found it surprisingly legible despite all the linquistic shifts that have gone on since it was written.
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Max Niemeyer Verlag
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