The Poetic Works of Helius Eobanus Hessus

Volume 5: A Veritable Proteus, 1524-1528

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As the University of Erfurt collapsed in the early 1520s, Hessus faced losing his livelihood. To cope, he imagined himself a shape-changing Proteus. Transforming first into a lawyer, then a physician, he finally became a teacher at the Nuremberg academy organized by Philip Melanchthon. Volume 5 traces this story via Hessus's poems of 1524-1528: "Some Rules for Preserving Good Health" (1524; 1531), with attached "Praise of Medicine" and two sets of epigrams; "Three Elegies" (1526), two praising the Nuremberg school and one attacking a criticaster; "Venus Triumphant" (1527), with poems on Joachim Camerarius’s wedding; "Against the Hypocrisy of the Monastic Habit" (1527), with four Psalm paraphrases; and "Seventeen Bucolic Idyls" (1528), updating the "Bucolicon" of 1509 and adding five idyls.

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Harry Vredeveld, Ph.D. (1970) in German, Princeton University, is Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, Columbus. Besides the Hessus edition and numerous articles on Neo-Latin authors, he has edited Erasmus’s poems for Collected Works (1993) and Opera omnia (1995).
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Corrigenda to Volume 1
Addendum to Volume 3
Corrigenda and Addendum to Volume 4

Bonae valetudinis conservandae rationes aliquot Some Rules for Preserving Good Health



Introduction

Text and Translation

Elegiae tres Three Elegies



Introduction

Excursus: The Woodcut Portrait of Eobanus

Text and Translation

Venus triumphans Venus Triumphant



Introduction

Text and Translation

In hypocrisim vestitus monastici ἐκφώνησις An Outcry against the Hypocrisy of the Monastic Habit



Introduction

Text and Translation

Bucolicorum idyllia XVII Seventeen Bucolic Idyls



Introduction

Text and Translation

Supplementary Notes



Notes to Bonae valetudinis conservandae rationes aliquot

Notes to Elegiae tres

Notes to Venus triumphans

Notes to In hypocrisim vestitus monastici ἐκφώνησις

Notes to Bucolicorum idyllia XVII

List of Abbreviations
Index of Medieval and Neo-Latin Words
Glossarial Index
General Index
All those interested in Neo-Latin literature, German literature, humanism, the classical tradition, history of medicine, history of art, the Reformation, the University of Erfurt, schooling in Nuremberg. Keywords: Eobanus Hessus, Joachim Camerarius, Albrecht Dürer, Neo-Latin literature, Reformation, history of medicine, Erfurt, Nuremberg, epithalamia, pastoral poetry