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The Research Project FLOR-JP

The Research Project FLOR-JP «The florilegia and Janus Pannonius in Ferdinand Columbus' legacy: cultural transmission and literary durability in Seville» has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847635 (Reference H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2018 - UNA4CAREER - GA No 847635).

It is centered on two codices, ms. 56-4-57 and ms. 7-1-15 from the Biblioteca Capitular y Colombina of Seville. These texts, which form part of the legacy of Ferdinand Columbus (1488- 1539), contain two Latin anthologies by the Central European humanist Janus Pannonius (1434-72).

The main objective of the project FLOR-JP is to recover these two testimonies of our literary heritage. As such, the project includes several concrete objectives, including both the internal analysis of the texts and the external analysis of their cultural and literary impact. To this end, a critical study of the texts will be carried out, as well as its translation into Spanish, followed by a literary study of the two anthologies of Janus Pannonius in particular.

In this way, the legacy of Ferdinand Columbus and the work of Pannonius will each be properly evaluated for their cultural significance in the European context. These anthologies have historically been underappreciated or regarded as secondhand sources. Nevertheless, the texts have served as an excellent vessel for the transmission of our literary heritage.

Two arguments confirm the importance of the Seville anthologies: both show a long process of reflection on the part of their compiler and they are in Seville specifically because of the bibliophile Ferdinand Columbus, who brought them there. The texts preserved in the two anthologies of Seville open up a field of study not only for Latin philology, but also for modern philology and other disciplines.

Since this project is based on the consideration that anthologies are works of great value, FLOR-JP intends to verify, clarify and recover this importance as a testament to literary durability in the case of Janus Pannonius and Ferdinand Columbus.