Little is known about the reception of Tacitus’ Germania in the 17th century. Yet it continued unabated: the historian and geographer Philipp Clüver; the alleged father of German poetry Martin Opitz; the linguist Justus Georg Schottelius; the novelist Daniel Casper von Lohenstein; and the lyrical poets Jacob Balde and Paul Fleming, all read and used Tacitus’ libellus aureus. They further developed the Germanic tradition, begun almost two centuries before, inserting the Germania into current discourses, especially the ones about the ‘teutsche Ur-Sprache’ – said to be as pure as the ancient Germans had been – and ancient German(ic) poetry as performed by Bards. The 17th century also witnessed the appearance of the Germanic warrior on the stage, whence he would not budge for many centuries. Tacitus’ Germania continued to be an important and oftquoted text in the age of Baroque.
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