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Momus by Leon Battista Alberti

Momus is the most ambitious literary creation of Leon Battista Alberti, the famous humanist-scientist-artist and universal man of the Italian Renaissance. In this dark comedy, written around 1450, Alberti charts the lively fortunes of his anti-hero Momus, the unscrupulous and vitriolic god of criticism. Alberti deploys his singular erudition and wit to satirize subjects from court life and politics to philosophy and intellectuals, from grand architectural designs to human and divine folly. The possible contemporary resonance for Alberti's satire - read variously as a humanist roman-a-clef and as a veiled mockery of the mid-Quattrocento papacy - is among its most intriguing aspects. While his more famous books on architecture, painting and family have long been regarded as indispensable to a study of Renaissance culture, Momus has attracted increasing attention from scholars as a work anticipating the realism of Machiavelli and the satiric wit of Erasmus. This edition provides a Latin text, based on the two earliest manuscripts, both corrected by Alberti himself, and includes a full translation into English.

Reviews

An epic satire focused on the little-known classical god Momus, archetype of the critic and troublemaker, this work represents a notable contribution to neo-Latin satire in general and an eccentric addition to Alberti's corpus in particular...The appearance of an English version of Momus is a welcome complement to David Marsh's translations of two other Latin comic works by Alberti, the Intercenales (1987) and the Aesopic Apologi (2004)...The Latin text by Brown and Knight and the English translation by Knight have been expertly rendered...The translation is fluid, graceful, and appropriately colloquial at times; Alberti would be pleased with the deft capturing of his sometimes bawdy tone...Momus as faultfinder, would find little to complain about in Knight and Brown's fine edition of Alberti's strange satire.--George W. McClure H-Net Reviews


About the Author

SARAH KNIGHT is Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick. VIRGINIA BROWN is Senior Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th June 2003

Author

Leon Battista Alberti

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Publisher

Harvard University Press

Format

Hardback
480 pages

Categories

Literary essays
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: classical, early & medieval

ISBN

9780674007543

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