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By Ernst Robert Curtius

Title note: unique identify Europäische Literatur und Lateinisches Mittelalter
Author note: advent by way of Colin Burrow
Publish yr note: First released in 1948

Published simply after the second one global struggle, European Literature and the Latin center Ages is a sweeping exploration of the outstanding continuity of eu literature throughout time and position, from the classical period as much as the early 19th century, and from the Italian peninsula to the British Isles. In what T. S. Eliot referred to as a "magnificent" booklet, Ernst Robert Curtius establishes medieval Latin literature because the very important transition among the literature of antiquity and the vernacular literatures of later centuries. the result's not anything below a masterful synthesis of ecu literature from Homer to Goethe.

European Literature and the Latin heart Ages is a enormous paintings of literary scholarship. In a brand new creation, Colin Burrow offers serious insights into Curtius's lifestyles and ideas and highlights the targeted significance of this glorious book.

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Michael Rostovtzeff carries his History of the Ancient Worid down to Constantine. D. 3°5), period of the Renewal of the Empire by Constantine (3°6-337), and Dominate (337-641). But this takes us far into Byzantine history. The Western Empire had been shaken to its foundations as early as the fifth century. Though Justinian (527-565) was able to reconquer Africa, Italy, Sicily, and a part of the Spanish seaboard, the price of the accomplishment was not only complete financial exhaustion of the Empire but also neglect of the East, into which Slavs and Bulgars poured.

Maturity is reached. " We adopt Ernst Troeltsch's universal-historical view. According to him,4 our European world is based "not upon a reception of Antiquity nor upon a severance from it, but upon a thorough and at the same time conscious coalescence with it. 'art du moyen age fran~ais (London: The Warburg Institute, 1939)' 3 For misunderstanding as a category of changes in form, see Excursus I, infra. 4 Der Historismus, 716 f. 20 2. THE LATIN MIDDLE AGES worlds, so widely sundered in their mentality and their historical development, are so intertwined, so coalescent in a conscious historical memory and continuity, that the modern world, despite the fact that it has a spirit which is wholly new and wholly its own, is intimately penetrated and conditioned at every point by antique culture, tradition, legal and political forms, language, philosophy, and art.

2 3 EUROPEAN LITERATURE 9 Romans), then as spirits, and, not until very late, as gods. Mythology is a late product, and the road to polytheism is a cultural advance. The imagination, maker of fiction and myths, has the function of "fabricating" spirits and gods. We shall not here trace how Bergson's metaphysics of religion culminates in its meeting with mysticism. Let it suffice to point out that Toynbee too (like Planck) confesses himself a Christian. The advance of natural and historical knowledge, like that of philosophy-upon which we have cast an all too hasty glance-also converges upon the affirmation of Christianity.

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