00515 - Greek Misogynist Tradition in Andreas Capellanus’s De amore

00515 - Greek Misogynist Tradition in Andreas Capellanus’s De amore
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Pau Gilabert Barberà
01 Gener 1996
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Key words: Andreas Capellanus, de amore, classical tradition, misogyny, feminism, women studies, Greek philosophy, Greek misogyny, gender studies

The title of this brief article quite clearly illustrates its aims and evident limitations. In principle, a search for a Greek basis of the misogynist content of Andreas Capellanus's De amore is likely to lead researchers to focus on analysis of the sources -Greek sources, of course. However, there is no doubt that Ovid, the most frequently quoted ancient author, in this case the structural source, above all his Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris and Heroides, which is quite logical in light of the remarkable presence and influence of Ovid's works throughout that time. There was also a good knowledge of the works of Cicero, Virgil, Horace and Juvenal. However, other classical authors, even the Greeks -those who were known then-, were undoubtedly read in the schools, but the knowledge of their works was certainly superficial. Furthermore, given the scholastic method followed in De amore, it would be absurd not to consider the use of many quotations that appeared in the Compendia and in handbooks of religious instruction.