ABSTRACT

Nicodemus Frischlin, is a major humanist whose life is as interesting as his work. One would think that the future would be bright for a prodigiously talented young humanist with good political connections, but in fact the success that Frischlin seemed to merit continued to elude him. Word got out that the speech contained criticism of corruption in the nobility, which caused such an uproar that Frischlin was forced to leave Tubingen. For Aristotle, epic was the inferior genre, since, lacking two of tragedy’s six elements (music and spectacle), it had to remain an incomplete form of drama in developmental terms. In practice, however, the boundary between the two forms was fluid. In theory Virgil was simply primus inter pares, one classical author among many in a curriculum that humanist educational theory had broadened beyond what was taught in the medieval schoolroom.