Renæssanceforum 3 • 2007

Anders Leegaard Knudsen
Geografi og topografi i Gesta Danorum. En pilotundersøgelse

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Geography and Topography in the Gesta Danorum: Gesta Danorum is a Latin history of Denmark from its origins to 1185. It contains much geographical and topographical information drawn from Norse sources but subordinated to a Classical frame of reference. In this regard, the author, Saxo Grammaticus, is influenced mainly by Martianus Capella and uses many verbal borrowings from De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii to add depth to the text and show the learned reader that the new and strange information is compatible with Classical cosmography.