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Describir lo nuevo con moldes antiguos: José de Acosta y su recurso a Plinio el Viejo

Autore: Nicolás Cruz
In: Studi e ricerche. Università di Roma Tre. 36
Abstract

Nícolas Cruz, Describir lo nuevo con moldes antiguos: José de Acosta y su recurso a Plinio el Viejo [Using Old Molds to Describe the New: José de Acosta and his Use of Pliny the Elder]

This article focuses on the four initial books of the Natural and Moral History of the Indies published by the Jesuit José de Acosta in the year 1590. In these books there is a constant use of the ancient authors in order to confront the nature of these Indies with that described by the Greek and Roman authors so many centuries before. In this context, several chroniclers took the Natural History of Pliny the Elder as a conceptual and textual model in order to describe the characteristics of these lands.

Keywords: Ancient authors – Reception – Chroniclers – West Indies – Natural history