Luther’s Aesop

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Truman State University Press, 01.10.2011 - 264 Seiten
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Reformer of the church, biblical theologian, and German translator of the Bible Martin Luther had the highest respect for stories attributed to the ancient Greek author Aesop. He assigned them a status second only to the Bible and regarded them as wiser than '“the harmful opinions of all the philosophers.” Throughout his life, Luther told and retold Aesop’s fables and strongly supported their continued use in Lutheran schools. In this volume, Carl Springer builds on the textual foundation other scholars have laid and provides the first book in English to seriously consider Luther’s fascination with Aesop’s fables. He looks at which fables Luther knew, how he understood and used them, and why he valued them. Springer provides a variety of cultural contexts to help scholars and general readers gain a deeper understanding of Luther’s appreciation of Aesop.

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Carl P. E. Springer is professor of English at Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville. After earning his PhD in classics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1984, Springer taught at Illinois State University before joining the faculty at Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville where he served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2000 to 2010. Springer has written extensively about the relationship between the classics and Christianity. He is best known for his work on the early Christian Latin poet Sedulius, whose collected works he is in the process of editing and translating. He has also produced numerous studies on Martin Luther’s use of classical Greek and Latin authors as well as Luther’s own Latin poetry. In support of his research, Springer has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and others. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Belgium in 1990 and received a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research in Germany in 1993–94.

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