Colloquia 26

Warburg Institute Colloquia 26

Edited by Kathleen W. Christian, Clare E. L. Guest and Claudia Wedepohl.

Published 2014. ISBN:9781908590497

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Detailed Description

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.


John Dillon, 
The Muses in the Platonic Academy

Penelope Murray, 
The Muses in Antiquity

Karin Schlapbach, 
The Temporality of the Muses: A Reading of the Sister Goddesses in Late Antique Latin Literature

Peter Dronke 
The Muses and Medieval Latin Poets

Ulrich Pfisterer 
The Muses’ Grief. Jacopo de’ Barbari on Painting, Poetry and Cultural Transfer in the North

Kathleen W. Christian 
The Multiplicity of the Muses: The Reception of Antique Images of the Muses in Italy, 1400–1600

Brigitte Van Wymeersch 
The Muses and Musical Inspiration in Early Modern France: The Case of Pontus de Tyard and Mersenne

Jan Söffner 
Poetic Frenzy and the Afterlife of the Muses in Ficino’s In Platonis Ionem and Bruno’s De gli heroici furori

Clare E. L. Guest 
The Growth of the Pygmy Muses: the Muses in Italian Sixteenth-century Poetics

Claudia Wedepohl 
Mnemosyne, the Muses and Apollo: Mythology as Epistemology in Aby Warburg’s Bilderatlas