Barthelemy Aneau: A Study in Humanism

Gerig, John L.

The literary activity of Aneau really begins with his election to the principalship of the Collège de la Trinité. Before 1540, literature was for him mainly a subject for the class-room. The few poems that he composed were either a diversion or intended to inspire his pupils. But after his election to this high position, he enjoyed greater influence in the social life of the city. The successful production of the Mystère de la nativité had indeed made of him a well-known local character; but now it devolved upon him to take part in all the important civic functions and write epigrams on contemporary events. He was placed on reception committees, and was usually requested, when the city welcomed a notable, to write a poem or play commemorating the occasion.

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French and Romance Philology
Columbia University Press
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July 15, 2015


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