New Approaches to Classics Lecture: Professor Stephen Hinds

  • Starts: 5:00 pm on Friday, March 1, 2024
  • Ends: 6:30 pm on Friday, March 1, 2024
Title: Latin poetry across languages: micro-negotiating classical tradition, with Joachim Du Bellay and John Milton Description: A try-out of material from my soon-to-be-completed Latin Poetry across Languages: Adventures in Allusion, Translation and Classical Tradition (working title), framed with remarks on the book’s era-straddling plan. I will lead off with some observations about the poetic interaction of Latin and Greek in the ancient Roman world (from Part I of my book), focusing on paradoxical elements in that much-studied relationship. Then, moving forward in time, I will sample two early modern case studies from Part II, ‘Readings between Latin and vernacular’: (a) ‘Du Bellay in Rome, between Latin and French’ (drawing on that poet’s French Antiquitez de Rome and his Latin elegy Romae descriptio, both from the 1550s), and (b), more briefly, ‘Reverse-engineering Milton’ (in which, against the background of Milton’s 1645 double book of Poems English and Latin, I conjure up a virtual Latin ‘twin’ for the great epic which Milton did not write in Latin, Paradise Lost. Poetic conversations throughout will be driven by close engagement across space and time with (especially) Horace, Ovid and Virgil.
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