Someone in his comments blames this tendency to deëvangelise by not knowing when to shut up on Schiller, someone here suggested Luther, but I wonder if it isn’t actually Aesop’s fault.
My impression, based on not very much reading, is that Aesop became incredibly popular in the vernacular among German-speakers before and more than anywhere else, thanks basically to Steinhöwel’s great bilingual Latin-German collection of 1477-ish, which via the rip-off by Julien Macho also made its way within the decade to Spain and to Caxton.
So shouldn’t the Greeks stop moaning about the Germans – and abandon any more WWII nonsense – since it’s entirely due to a Thracian or similar that the Germans are moaning about them? Should Nigel Farage be a bit more understanding, or at least a bit more wide-ranging in his criticism?
I didn’t find Steinhöwel online, but I did enjoy bits of the 1501 Brant rehash. It uses presumably roughly the same woodcuts as Steinhöwel, since they also turn up in Caxton. Check the classic libertarian sermonising at top and tail, radically different from Phaedrus‘ “always keep a-hold of Nurse; For fear of finding something worse” 1500 years before.
Dear fellow-Europeans, frogs, etc: on careful consideration, would you prefer to be eaten by a heron or a water snake?
- Interactional multilingualism in C16th Valencia
The claim by jokers like Jordi Bilbeny that whatever contains the odd Catalanism must have been written by a Catalan is
- Why Spain must win tonight
The geopolitical consequences of a German victory don’t bear thinking about.
- Real live caganer crapping in a field
Off the other evening to see Chelsea-Liverpool on a big screen in a village bar in another valley. Coming down from
- ramos, a telegraph reader?!
La Vanguardia’s incompetent in London, Rafael Ramos, used to file stories that – apart from his appalling spelling – bore remarkable
- But is that acorn-fed Iberian black pig or shoe leather you’re chomping?
Christmas time is ham time. It’s also a time when, knowing that some of you may have had one or two