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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

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

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226307145.003.0002

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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