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Iván Parga Ornelas

I am a PhD candidate and a Chancellor's International Scholar working on the Neo-Latin poet Maffeo Vegio of Lodi, under the supervision of Dr David Lines and Dr Paul Botley. I am interested in the way Renaissance authors combine life and literature in order to shape the image of themselves that they leave to posterity. The working title of my thesis is: From Vergil to David: Maffeo Vegio’s ‘Literary Conversion.’ A Study on the Shaping of Literary Careers by Early Renaissance Writers.

Before coming to Warwick, I studied Classics in the Università Salesiana and in the Vivarium Novum Academy in Rome. I also completed an MA on Medieval studies in the Complutense University of Madrid, where I wrote a thesis on the the medieval ideology of ‘Contemptus mundi’ in Francis Petrarch’s works.

I am currently the vice-president of The Oxford Latinitas Project.

Besides Classical and Renaissance literature, I also enjoy reading recent authors, especially Walt Whitman and Jorge Luis Borges.