Chapter 23 From Caesar to the Rantzaus: Allegory, Fiction and Reality in Heinrich Rantzau’s De obitu nobilissimae matronae Annae Rantzoviae Domini Ioannis Rantzovij coniugis Ecloga

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Abstract

This paper is the first treatment of the eclogue De obitu nobilissimae matronae Annae Rantzoviae Domini Ioannis Rantzovij coniugis Ecloga presumably written by Heinrich Rantzau and published in Leipzig and Schleswig in 1582 as part of Epitaphia aliquot in obitum Annae Walstorpiae. The paper focuses on the use of the name Daphnis, which is intimately connected to the bucolic genre and through its use in Classical poems evokes certain associations and expectations, and the non-bucolic proper name of the deceased, Anna, which is used too. She is called by her proper name once while most frequently referred to as “Daphnidis uxor”. It is discussed how allegory is employed in the construction of a narrative and how the text balances reality and fiction in its construction of an appealing picture of the Rantzau family starting with Heinrich Rantzau’s mother, Anna Walstorp. It is examined how the authoritative reading of Vergil’s eclogue 5, the primary model for funerary eclogues involving a Daphnis, influences the decoding of allegory in Rantzau’s poem. The examinations employ and discusses Tilg’s considerations of fiction (based on Frank Zipfel’s categories) contained in this book.

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Acta Conventus Neo-Latini Albasitensis

Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Congress of Neo-Latin Studies (Albacete 2018)

Series:  Acta Conventus Neo-Latini, Volume: 17

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