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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to Anon Hsv 57VII

[All]: Lat. parallel: (Praefatio Libri II, 6-9) Si quid amare libet vel discere amare legendo, / Nasonem petito; sin autem cura tibi haec est, / Ut sapiens vivas, audi quae discere possis, / Per quae semotum vitiis deducitur aevum ‘If your fancy is to love something, or you want to learn of love by reading, seek out Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso]; but if this is your concern, to live as a wise man, hear those things you may learn, from which a lifetime removed from vice is drawn’. The Icel. text of the preface to Book II avoids specific mention of the two Lat. authors Virgil and Ovid, in the latter case possibly because his Ars Amatoria ‘Art of Love’ appears to have been somewhat controversial in Icel. classrooms, to judge by the well-known incident reported in Jóns saga helga (JBp 2003, 19, 84, 125), in which Bishop Jón forbade the future bishop Klængr Þorsteinsson to study this and similar books.


  1. Bibliography
  2. JBp 2003 = Foote, Peter G., ed. 2003. Jóns saga Hólabyskups ens helga. EA A 14. Copenhagen: Reitzel.
  3. Internal references
  4. Not published: do not cite (JBpIV)


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