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Identities in the Early Modern Period:
Sixth Conference of the Nordic Network for Renaissance Studies
25.-27.9.2024
Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS)
University of Aarhus, Denmark
see conference website: Aarhus '24


prof. Stephen Harrison (Oxford),
Two early modern papal hexameter poems
Fredag d. 9. februar 2024 13.30-17.00
Lokale 1481-568, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Nobelparken, AU

This paper presents two hexameter poems by clerics who would become Pope in due course: Maffeo Barberini (1568-1644; pope as Urban VIII 1623-44) and Fabio Chigi (1599-1667; pope as Alexander VII 1655-67). The teenaged Barberini's poem is from the 1580s and on Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma, then governor-general of the Spanish Netherlands to Philip II, continuing a Vergilian tradition of combining pastoral colour with political encomium. The middle-aged Chigi's poem is a letter home from 1648, when he had been papal nuncio in Germany for some years, and expresses dismay at the devastation of Germany over the last generation of the Thirty Years War, echoing the epistles of Horace and the exilic Ovid as well as Vergil and Lucan on civil war. The talk is a foretaste of my The Neo-Latin Verse of Urban VIII, Alexander VII and Leo XIII: Three Papal Poets from Baroque to Resorgimento (Bloomsbury, April 2024).

Materials here.

together with:
Catullus in Ireland after 1960.
Organized jointly with CLIC.


Conference:
Constructing Identity - national, cultural, social, religious, from Antiquity to the modern period
24.-25. January 2024
Danish Academy in Rome
Programme here


dr. Peter Sjökvist (Uppsala)
Early Modern Libraries as Spoils of War A 21st Century Uppsala Perspective
Fredag 1. december kl. 15-16.15
Antikmuseet, Aarhus
Swedish armies in the 17th century took libraries as spoils of war from several European countries, Denmark included. Many books, especially in the early 17th century ended up at Uppsala. In this talk, it is my intention to discuss this fact from a broad perspective, ranging from the reasons behind the lootings, the reception of the libraries in 17th-century Sweden and beyond, the curation historically and today, current projects and international collaboration.


Conference:
Reference, Reception, and Early Modern Latin Developments
25. September 2023 Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Programme here


Tycho Brahes bog om den nye stjerne 450 år
Onsdag d. 10. maj 2023
kl. 19-22 i Bibliotekssalen, Rundetaarn, København.
Tirsdag d. 11. november 1572 fik den 26-årige Tycho Brahe øje på det han måtte tro var en ny stjerne i stjernebilledet Cassiopeia. Et halvt år senere udkom hans bog om emnet – den der i en kort version af den meget lange titel er kendt som De nova stella (Om en ny stjerne). Præcis hvornår bogen udkom, vides ikke. Men de to breve der står som forord i bogen, er dateret hhv. 3. og 5. maj 1573. Vi har derfor besluttet at fejre bogens 450-årsdag 10. maj 2023.
       Jubilæet fejres med en temaaften med oplæg af Helge Kragh (professor emeritus, Niels Bohr Institutet), Morten Fink-Jensen (lektor v. Saxoinstituttet og universitetshistoriker for Københavns Universitet) og Peter Zeeberg (seniorredaktør, Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab). Arrangementet foregår i Rundetaarn, der oprindelig blev kaldt Københavns Kongelige Stjerneborg og viderefører tanker og indretning fra det ene af Tycho Brahes observatorier på Hven.

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Programmet her.

Arrangementet bliver afholdt i sammenarbejde med Forum for Renæssancestudier.
prof. Stephen Harrison (Oxford),
Piccolomini's Ecloga: Poets, Politics and Piety
Torsdag d. 8. december 14.00-16.00
Lokale 1461-316, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 5, Nobleparken, AU
This talk looks at the pastoral hexameter Ecloga (1433-34) of Eenea Silvio Piccolomini (1405-64, Pope Pius II 1458-64). This poem naturally owes much to Vergil's Eclogues lexically and thematically; its setting at the sanctuary of San Giulio at Lago d'Orta near Novara suggests further links with early Christian prose and verse hagiography, and the poem also draws on the allegorical approach to pastoral in Petrarch's Carmen Bucolicum and its interests in regional politics. It is addressed to another rising poet, Maffeo Vegio (1407-58), who had already written his well-known Aeneid XIII, and was seeking patronage from the Visconti of Milan, a family also then served by Piccolomini.

Programme here.

prof. Stephen Harrison (Oxford),
George Buchanan as neo-Latin poet
Tirsdag d. 6. december 15.00-17.00
KUA, lokale 24.1.11
George Buchanan (1506-82) had a remarkable career: a distinguished classical teacher and scholar who spent much of 1520-60 in France, in his later years he returned to his native Scotland and was head of a college at his alma mater St Andrews, tutor to both Mary Queen of Scots and her son James VI, a leading figure in the new Church of Scotland and a key minister to James at the start of his reign.
This talk gives some introduction to the range of his neo-Latin poetry, feted all over Europe in his lifetime, and looks in some detail at his use of Horace in his Psalm Paraphrases and encomiastic odes, and of Vergil and others in his Silvae.

Programme here.

Historical Lexicography in a Digital Age
17-18 November 2022
Conference held at the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences H.C. Andersens Boulevard 35, 1553 Copenhagen C

Programme here.

Registration required.