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Setting Plato StraightTranslating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance$
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Todd W. Reeser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226307008

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226307145.001.0001

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The Antitheses of Same-Sex Sexuality in Bruni

The Antitheses of Same-Sex Sexuality in Bruni

(p.62) Chapter Two The Antitheses of Same-Sex Sexuality in Bruni
Setting Plato Straight

Todd W. Reeser

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on one of the first sustained encounters with Platonic sexuality, Leonardo Bruni’s Latin translation of Alcibiades’s speech at the end of the Symposium. In the Catholic-inflected context in which he worked, it might seem odd that a Florentine Humanist such as Bruni would select one of the most homoerotic passages from the ancient world to translate. This chapter argues, however, that although Bruni cannot directly articulate a sexual hermeneutics, the translation itself articulates a reading strategy that he followed in doing the translation. Bruni’s theories in his seminal tract on translation (On Correct Translation, c.1420) correspond to his approach to same-sex sexuality in the translation itself.

Keywords:   Leonardo Bruni, Alcibiades, translation, Silenus, Socrates, symposium, Homoerotics, De recta interpretatione, antitheses

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