The comprehensive on-line bibliography to »The Nachleben of Classical Mythology« from ancient to modern times, compiled by Bernhard Kreuz, Jakob Strazinger, Petra Aigner and Christine Harrauer, is constantly being updated, and at present it covers 695 pages (Version 2/2022).
Creative poets, scholars and artists of the Italian Renaissance clearly saw the timelessness and versatility of the ancient myths, and playfully put them to use to create new myths, modelled on the classical example; and very soon, also poets and artists from other European states tied in with this tradition. This new data base was drawn up to provide access for research in this field and to allow for international cooperation. It is to be launched on-line after a complete incorporation of all the existing synopses of the corresponding texts, including brief biographies of all relevant authors.
Entry criteria are as follows:
I. Conceptual redesign of ancient myths:
II. Transformation of traditional myths:
The data bank can be accessed in German and English. It does not cover the ›conventional history of reception‹ of ancient authors like Vergil, Ovid, Statius and others, but solely covers newly invented myths in the fields of literature (mainly Latin, scarcely Italian, English and French), music (librettoes and other musical texts) and the visual arts (illustrations in paintings, frescoes, tapestries, marriage chests a.s.o. and in sculptures.)
For a start, the data base focusses on the Italian Renaissance, and it is to be extended through international cooperation, temporally and geographically.
In the field of music, there is already a cooperation with Alexander Rausch from the Research Group Musicology at the OeAW. With him a joint research project is being planned, whose goal is the systematic scientific compilation of the libretti.
Jubiläumsfond der Stadt Wien (2010/11)