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Tales of the "The Salt Sea". Women, Goddesses, Pirates and Legends: Traveling in the Medieval Mediterranean. di - - Mediterranean circularities / Circolarità mediterranee (MedCir) - N° 5
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Tales of the "The Salt Sea". Women, Goddesses, Pirates and Legends: Traveling in the Medieval Mediterranean.

Year: 2018
ISBN: 978-88-913-1209-9
Binding: Brossura
Pages: 200
Size: 17 x 24 cm

Product code: 00013010

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Mediterranean Circularities
Essays on History, Literature, Religion, Economy and Culture
The series Mediterranean Circularities proposes to cover the breadth of Italian and American scholarship concerned with the study of political, religious, economic and cultural circularities in and of the Mediterranean in all their fascets and complexity. Stemming from Dante' s definition of the mare nostrum as the largest valley in which water can spread (Pd. IX 82), the primary focus of this series will be the sea as a fluid space, where the relationship of long durée of that body of water and its discordant shores moves from the ancient world to the modern age, outlining the journey' through all of its complex and multiple components.

Circolarità mediterrane
saggi di storia, letteratura, religione, economia e cultura
La collana, di respiro italo-statunitense, si concentra sulle circolarità di relazioni nel Mediterraneo indagate nelle sue complessità, prendendo avvio dalla definizione dantesca del mare nostrum come la maggior valle in che l' acqua si spanda (Pd. IX 82). Dunque il mare come spazio liquido, di acqua e i contatti con i suoi discordanti liti (Pd. IX 84) saranno l' oggetto di interesse delle presenti pubblicazioni in un rapporto di lunga durata che muove dall' età antica fino all' alba dell' età moderna, avendo per primo obiettivo tematico il viaggio' nelle sue variegate e molteplici componenti.
The book traces through text and images the journey of women, goddesses, pirates and stories traveling in the Medieval Mediterranean from the 13th century' s poems of Floire and Blancheflor and Aucassin and Nicolette, to The Book of the Knight Zifar, Dante' s Comedy and Boccaccio' s works. The goal of this book is twofold: to follow the journey of women and goddesses crossing the Salt Sea, as Virgil and Dante would call it, but also to trace the journey of texts and legends through the same waters. In the first part of the book the author addresses her approach to the study of the Mediterranean and puts forward an attempt to map the medieval Mediterranean through stories. By following the journey of texts and legends the goal is to reconsider the Mediterranean as a place of exchange but also as a network of knowledge that makes it a Mare historiarum, the Sea of Stories.
The second part of the book inquires into the Mediterranean as a space of human history, crossed by men and women, merchants and pirates, taking into account the political and economical role played by the sea also in the traffic of Christian and Saracens slaves. Here the author raises the question about the role of the Mediterranean in the lives of women who cross this sea in Boccaccio' s De Mulieribus and the Decameron. This second question is strictly related to the first and examines the sea as a structural space' in/of Dante' s Commedia and Boccaccio' s Decameron as a whole, and in medieval romance. The Mediterranean, now freed of sirens and marine monsters, has become for Dante and Boccaccio a privileged space of their civic humanism. Although through those stories we also get the darkest pages of the trade in women and slaves in the medieval Mediterranean, the image of a boat that bridges Muslim Tunisia with Christian Sicily, Africa with Europe, conveys the idea that the Mediterranean is not a sea of division but can actually put in dialogue, different cultures and faiths.
Introduction: Mapping the medieval Mediterranean
1. Stories of Travel, displacement and Exile: Goddesses and Women traveling in the medieval Mediterranean
2. The sea structural element of the Medieval Romance
II PART: Legends traveling in and around the medieval Mediterranean
1. Romeo and Juliet first trip from Verona to France (1542).
2. When Olympias and his son Alexander travel from East to West. Notes on Alexander' s divine birth.
3. The angels Michael and Gabriel in Boccaccio' s De Maumeth, Paolino Veneto' s lives of Muhammad and J. Colonna' s Mare historiarum.
4. Venus at the Mecca: the journey in the Mediterranean of Peter Alphonsi' s Dialogi contra Iudaeos.
5. The legend of the bull and the holy book from Byzantium to Italy. Dante' s Inferno' s XXVIII.
6. The legend about Virgil the magician and the Castel dell' Ovo in Naples.
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