Reading and writing history:John Bellenden’s livy

Rutledge, Thomas (2017) Reading and writing history:John Bellenden’s livy. In: Premodern Scotland. Oxford University Press, pp. 144-158. ISBN 9780198787525

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This essay attends to the neglected marginal commentary that John Bellenden composed to accompany his translation of the first five books of Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita (From the Founding of the City). It argues that the approaches of the commentary (Latinate, learned, antiquarian) stand in sharp opposition to the vernacular, courtly project that Bellenden’s translation has generally been understood to be. It suggests that the work may owe rather more than has been realized to Bellenden’s engagement with the intellectual culture of the new university in Aberdeen in the later 1530s and offers an important window onto the variety of ways in which classical history was being read during the reign of James V.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: aberdeen,bellenden,historiography,humanism,livy,arts and humanities(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 00:08
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198787525.003.0010

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