The Tension of Philology and Philosophy in the Translations of Henri Estienne

Lloyd-Jones, Kenneth
June 1994
International Journal of the Classical Tradition;Summer94, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p36
Academic Journal
This article considers the translations from Greek to Latin of the Renaissance humanist and philologist Henri Estienne (Stephanus). It argues that Estienne's philological approach to translation stems from his conviction that ideation occurs beyond the formalized structures of articulation. This understanding of the tension between thought and language, paralleling the tension between philosophy and rhetoric, governs Estienne's translative priorities. His translations of some Greek historians, philosophers and poets are studied, as well as one of Estienne's own renderings of Propertius into Greek. Conclusion: we know only through interpretation, and for Estienne, philology is the prerequisite for philosophy.


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