The reworking of Ovid’s Metamorphoses by Albrecht von Halberstadt, dating back to the end of the twelfth century, survives only in few Fragments. In this essay, I will analyse Fragment B, which contains tales from Book XI of the Metamorphoses, in order to assess Albrecht’s rewriting techniques, and his simplification of both matter and style. Indeed, Albrecht employs the middle style, while his Latin source was written in a rhetorical and elevated style. Albrecht’s Fragments will be compared with the Ovidian source and with the Eneit of Heinrich von Veldeke, highlighting the features shared by the two rewritings of classical texts, which were both commissioned by the Landgrave Hermann of Thuringia.
Rewriting. Medieval German Literature. Albrecht von Halberstadt. Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Hermann of Thuringia.