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Imaging Aristotle : verbal and visual representation in fourteenth-century France

Author: Claire Richter Sherman
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nicole Oresme's translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, and Economics into French from Latin in the 1370s is the subject of Claire Sherman's stunningly illustrated book. Though both the text translations and their images have been studied separately, this is the first time they are published in their entirety and considered together. Intended for an audience of Charles V, his counselors, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Nicole Oresme; Aristotle; Aristotle.; Aristotle; Aristotle.; Nicole Oresme; Aristote; Aristote; Nicole Oresme; Aristoteles.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Richter Sherman
ISBN: 0520083334 9780520083332
OCLC Number: 30030167
Description: xxiv, 419 pages, [11] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: pt. I. The Historical Context of Oresme's Translations. 1. Royal Patronage of Vernacular Translations. 2. Intellectual and Political Ties between Nicole Oresme and Charles V. 3. Nicole Oresme as Master of the Texts --
pt. II. Personifications and Allegories as Cognitive and Mnemonic Subject Guides: The Programs of Illustrations in Charles V's Copies of the Livre d'ethiques. 4. Preliminary Considerations. 5. Dedication Frontispieces (Book I). 6. Virtue as Queen and Mean (Book II). 7. Courage, Moderation, and Their Opposites (Book III). 8. Generosity, Magnanimity, Profligacy, and Avarice (Book IV). 9. The Centrality of Justice (Book V). 10. Guides to the Intellectual Virtues (Book VI). 11. Reason and Desire: Moral Decisions (Book VII). 12. Friendship: Personal and Social Relationships (Book VIII). 13. Moral Obligations of Friendship (Book IX). 14. Contemplative Happiness and Intellectual Activity (Book X).
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Nicole Oresme's translation of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, and Economics into French from Latin in the 1370s is the subject of Claire Sherman's stunningly illustrated book. Though both the text translations and their images have been studied separately, this is the first time they are published in their entirety and considered together. Intended for an audience of Charles V, his counselors, and high-ranking lay people, these manuscripts are significant for their linguistic and political implications, for moving Aristotle's work beyond clerical and university boundaries, and for reflecting the dynamics of monarchic control of French language and culture. Sherman shows the importance of Oresme's role as translator and book designer. She also explores the gender and class representations in the imagery, relating them not only to the views of Oresme and his audience but also to the contemporary secular culture.

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