"Life of Gregory of Sanok" by Callimachus - anecdotal Renaissance biography Cover Image

"Vita et mores Gregorii Sanocei" von Callimachus – eine anekdotische Biografie aus der Renaissancezeit
"Life of Gregory of Sanok" by Callimachus - anecdotal Renaissance biography

Author(s): Przemysław Chudzik
Subject(s): Historical Linguistics
Published by: Wojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna – Książnica Kopernikańska w Toruniu
Keywords: Callimachus (Filippo Buonaccorsi); Gregory of Sanok; biography; anecdote; rhetoric; panegyric

Summary/Abstract: Aim: The aim of the article is to look at the first Renaissance biography written in Poland – Life of Gregory of Sanok by Callimachus. Research method: A compositional analysis was carried out and anecdotes appearing in the work were pointed out. Anecdotes are one of the key elements of ancient biography, which Callimachus directly referred to. Results/Conclusions: The analysis carried out in this way not only shows the Renaissance reception of ancient patterns, but also the use of anecdotes, which has not changed since ancient times. Callimachus’ work has a two-part structure - the first part refers to the tradition of Plutarch's biography, which is chronological; the other, however, follows the thematic pattern of Suetonius' biography. Anecdotes appearing in the work perform all the functions they performed in ancient works - they successfully carry out their tasks in new circumstances and with a new hero - a fifteenth-century Polish magnate.

  • Issue Year: 19/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 9-19
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: German