Martin Kromer - Polish Livy? On the Style of Kromer’s History Cover Image

Marcin Kromer - polski Liwiusz? Czyli rzecz o stylu Kromerowej Historii
Martin Kromer - Polish Livy? On the Style of Kromer’s History

Author(s): Marcin Wysocki
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL & Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II
Keywords: Martin Kromer; historiography; history of Poland; elocutio; style; rhetoric

Summary/Abstract: This paper is part of a triptych devoted to the most significant work by Martin Kromer and it is an attempt to answer why Martin Kromer is called Polish Livy. This paper presents an analysis of Kromer’s style in his De origine et rebus gestis Polonorum libri XXX . The analysis is intended to determine if Kromer’s style meets the requirements imposed on historical treatises by Ancient and Renaissance theorists of historiography. By juxtaposing the analysis of Kromer’s style against theories of historiography, the author manages to prove that Kromer met all the major requirements concerning the style of a historical work. Taking into account the other two texts of the triptych, devoted to the protagonist and the narrative of Kromer’s work, one can justifiably claim that he deserves to be named Polish Livy.

  • Issue Year: 61/2013
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 31-43
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish