The Muses and Their Afterlife in Post-Classical Europe

Edited by Charles Burnett and Jill Kraye and volume editor Kathleen W. Christian, Clare E. L. Guest, and Claudia Wedepohl
Publication date: 
30 July 2014
Number of pages: 
244 x 170 x 17
This interdisciplinary collection of essays, presented at the Warburg Institute in 2009, considers the identity of the Muses in Antiquity and through centuries of their afterlife, tracing their religious, educational and philosophical meaning in classical Greece and their subsequent transformation and re-interpretation in a range of post-classical contexts. Individual contributors consider the invocation of the Muses in different places and at different times by those in search of inspiration, immortality and fame. The volume addresses the concept of the Muses from the perspective of philology, philosophy, art history, antiquarianism and musicology, from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. It concludes with a discussion of the place of the Muses in Aby Warburg’s cultural theory.ContentsJohn Dillon, The Muses in the Platonic AcademyPenelope Murray, The Muses in AntiquityKarin Schlapbach, The Temporality of the Muses: A Reading of the Sister Goddesses in Late Antique Latin LiteraturePeter Dronke The Muses and Medieval Latin PoetsUlrich Pfisterer The Muses’ Grief. Jacopo de’ Barbari on Painting, Poetry and Cultural Transfer in the NorthKathleen W. Christian The Multiplicity of the Muses: The Reception of Antique Images of the Muses in Italy, 1400–1600Brigitte Van Wymeersch The Muses and Musical Inspiration in Early Modern France: The Case of Pontus de Tyard and MersenneJan Söffner Poetic Frenzy and the Afterlife of the Muses in Ficino’s In Platonis Ionem and Bruno’s De gli heroici furoriClare E. L. Guest The Growth of the Pygmy Muses: the Muses in Italian Sixteenth-century PoeticsClaudia Wedepohl Mnemosyne, the Muses and Apollo: Mythology as Epistemology in Aby Warburg’s Bilderatlas