Neo-Latin; Renaissance studies; Silesia; regional literature
Wydawnictwo Uniewersytetu Śląskiego
Scripta Classica, Vol. 8 (2011), s. 73-81
There are close affinities between the thought of Silesian Mannerist poet Balthasar Exner
and renown Spanish poet Luis de Góngora of Córdoba. They both manifest an pan-European crisis
of spirit on the threshold of modernity. It does make sense to refer certain mental tropes in Exner’s
poetry to Spanish culture, since many Silesian intellectuals and poets were residents at the court of
Rudolf II in Prague where they met Spanish artists.
The atmosphere and spiritual climate of the “Spanish” Prague under Rudolf II reveals a world of
great volatile and eccentric personalities. The presence of Silesians was also noticeable at the Prague
court. Among the intellectuals who were then active in Silesia and somehow influenced by the intellectual
atmosphere of Mannerist and imperial Prague was Hieronymus Arconatus from Lwówek
Śląski (Germ. Loewenberg) to whom this article is mainly devoted.