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<<Studium in Libris>>: Melanges en l'honneur de Jean-Louis Charlet. Edited by Herbert de la Portbarre-Viard and Annick StoehrMonjou. Collection des Etudes Augustiniennes, Serie Antiquite, 201. Paris: Institut d'Etudes Augustiniennes, 2016. XXXVIII + 630 pp. 76 [euro]. As past president of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies, Jean-Louis Charlet is well known to many readers of NLN. What is perhaps less well known is just how wide his interests are and how productive he has been over his forty-five-year teaching career. Author of some 230 scholarly publications along with another eighty-three reviews, Charlet has worked in the entire range of post-classical Latin. His books and articles on late antiquity and the Middle Ages are anchored in a major edition of Claudian, while he is probably best known as a Neo-Latinist for his editions of Niccolo Perotti, although his work in this field covers poetry and metrics; lexicography and encyclopedias; philology, epistolography, commentaries, and the humanist reception of classical texts; history of paper, books, and libraries; and ancient, medieval, and modern numismatics. Less well known outside France is the role Charlet has played in the administrative and political life of the French university: from 1995 to 2004 he was secretary general of the Federation Nationale des Syndicats Autonomes de l'Enseignement Superieur et de la Recherche; from 1996-1997, secretary general of the Confederation syndicale de l'Education nationale (CSEN); and from 2004 to 2007, president of the Federation Nationale des Syndicats Autonomes de l'Enseignement Superieur et de la Recherche (renamed Autonomesup). Now technically en pension, as he likes to say, he continues to maintain a work schedule that would kill many a much younger man.

It is little surprise, then, that Charlet's friends and admirers would assemble a melange in his honor. It begins with an introduction by the editors and a useful list of Charlet's publications, followed by a suitably lengthy tabula gratulatoria. The volume quite properly divides into two sections, reflecting the major areas of its honoree's scholarship. The first one, on late antiquity and the Middle Ages, offers fourteen essays in the first subsection: Florence Garambois-Vasquez, "Dire l'indicible dan les epigrammes d'Ausone: quelques exemples"; Franca Ela Consolino, "Le epistole di Claudiano a Olibrio e Probino (carm. min. 40 et 41)"; Isabella Gualandri, "Immagini di Marte in Claudiano"; Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer, "Claudians Bellum Gildonicum irritiert. Zwischen 'Blitzkrieg' und 'Furstenspiegel'"; Heinz Hofmann, "Weitere Uberlegungen zu Andachtsbildern' bei Claudian"; Andre-Franqois Basson, "Consoling Pneumatius and Fidelis: Paulinus of Nola's carm. 31"; Jean-Michelle Poinsotte, "Rutilius Namatianus, De reditu suo 1, 377-398: un testament antijuif (?) de la Rome paienne"; Michele Cutino, "Per un inquadramento dell' Heptateuchos di 'Cipriano Gallo': cronologia relativa e finalita compositive"; Paul-Augustin Deproost, "'Tout est ne ici'. La pedagogie des delices dans le paradis de Claudius Marius Victorinus"; Annick Stoehr-Monjou, "L'apparition d'Apollon dans le Rapt d'Helene de Dracontius: mis en scene d'une reecriture sous forme de mosaique virgilienne (Romul. 8, 183-212)"; Vincent Zarini, "Ennode entre Prudence, Ambroise et le 'monde': a propos de deux poemes de la Paraenesis didascalia"; Michael Roberts, "Stylistic Innovation and Variation in the Poetry of Venantius Fortunatus"; Michel Jean-Louis Perrin, "L'utilisation des citations bibliques par l'abbe Raban Maur dans le De humore parentum (834): quelques considerations litteraires, historiques et politiques"; and Sylvain Leroy, "La recriture des Noces de Cana dans le De Gratia Novi Testamenti (XIe s.): de la metamorphose de l'eau a la mutation d'un genre." The second subsection, on the transmission of texts, textual criticism, and literary criticism, presents four works: Benoit Gain, "Les epitaphes de Gregoire de Nazianze sur son ami Basile de Cesaree. Aperpu sur leur transmission et leur tonalite chretienne"; Franpois Dolbeau, "La predication d'Augustin pour l'Ascension: quelques problemes philologiques"; Franpois Ploton-Nicollet, "Les Huns franchissent le cours gele du Danube: note critique et esthetique a Sidoine Apollinaire, carm. 2,269-271"; and Luca Cadili, "Le poete du Culex et ses imitateurs a l'epoque carolingienne: le ms. Trevirensis 1086 (Trier, Stadtbibliothek)." The third and final subsection, on archaeological texts and contributions, contains Gaelle Herbert de la Portbarre-Viard, "Dire le marbre des edifices chretiens dans les textes latins tardifs (IVe--VIe siecles)"; Michel Fixot, "Du vestibule paleochretien a la tour-porche medievale, une traduction architecturale: les exemples de Saint-Victor de Marseille et de la cathedrale de Frejus"; and Jean Guon, "De l'Antiquite tardive au XIXe siecle: le dossier d'un 'corps saint' des catacombs transfere en 1863 de Rome a Chaillol (Hautes-Alpes)."

The remaining fourteen essays are distributed among three subsections in the second part of the volume, on Neo-Latin subjects. The subsection on editing, translation, and commenting on texts presents Jean-Frederic Chevalier, "Les strophes saphiques d'Albertino Mussato: poesie, tragedie et spiritualite dans l'Hymne sur la Passion du Seigneur '; James Hirstein, "Trois nouveaux poemes de Veit Kopp, conserves par Beatus Rhenanus: les epitaphes a la memoire de Clara Spiegel et de Johann Huttich"; Catherine Schneider, "Le Tribunus Marianus par Lorenzo Patarol (1674-1727). Un essai de traduction"; Perrine Galand, "Les precepts matrimoniaux de Jakob Micyllus (De officio uxoris) entre morale et elegie"; and Beatrice Mesdhjian-Charlet, "Cento nuptialis a loanne Aloysio Caroleto per matrimonium suum compositus et a Perrina Galando recitatus." The second subsection, on philology and lexicography, contains Jean Meyers, "Grande volumen comportavi: la conception de l'Evagatorium d'apres le manuscript autographe de Felix Fabri"; Cecile Bertrand-Dagenbach and Agnes Molinier-Arbo, "L'apport de Petrarque a l'etablissement du texte de la Vie d'Alexandre Severe de lHistoire Auguste"; Luigi-Alberto Sanchi, "Les manuscrits pliniens etudies par Bude"; Florence Bistagne, "Urbanus, festivus, comis, lepidus: quelques essais pour nommer la civilisation des moeurs au Quattrocento"; Anna Maranini, "Incontro di culture antiche e moderne: tra lessicografia, filologia e critica"; and Ginette Vagenheim, "Polemique philologique de Lilio Gregorio Giraldi contre Niccolo Perotti et Ermolao Barbaro sous la plume de Pirro Ligorio (1512-1583). Remarques sur la composition des Antichita romane." The final subsection, on texts, images, and arts of poetry, presents Anne Rolet and Stephane Rolet, "Proto-emblematique et symbolique: a propos de quelques images du Labirynth de Fortune de Jean Bouchet"; Sylvie Laigneau-Fontaine, "Poesie et peinture dans l'epigramme Lyonnaise des annees 1530-1540"; and Marie-France Guipponi-Gineste, "Place et role de Claudien dans l'art poetique de Jacob Balde (Dissertatio praevia de studio poetico, Expeditio PolemicoPoetica)." The volume closes with abstracts of the articles (in French and English, along with a third language if an essay is written in German or Italian) and four indices, of Biblical references, authors and texts, names of persons, and manuscripts.

As the titles suggest, the volume contains a diverse collection of essays touching on a wide variety of topics, joined together in a handsome, well-organized volume that is a worthy tribute to one of France's greatest living Neo-Latinists. (Craig Kallendorf, Texas A&M University)
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