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Call for Papers: The Neo-Latin poetry of classical scholars in renaissance and early modern Europe

One day workshop, Tuesday 28th June 2022, University College, London

A fascinating feature of early modern Latinity is the composition of fine neo-Latin poetry by major classical scholars, and the interface between this creative work and their scholarly research. In some cases (e.g. Angelo Poliziano) the two are actually combined in the same work, while in others the two move along parallel tracks (e.g. the two Heinsii who edit the poetry of Lucretius, Ovid and Seneca while writing their own Lucretian, Ovidian and Senecan verse).

The organizers invite proposals for presentations at a day workshop in London on Latin poems by major Classical scholars active in the period c.1490 to c.1800; we hope for a real meeting in the flesh, subject to changing covid considerations. We are especially interested in examples of Latin composition that relate interestingly to a scholar’s academic output. Material on Poliziano, Antonio de Nebrija, Joseph Justus Scaliger, the Heinsii, Pierre-Daniel Huet, Johann Matthias Gesner and Richard Porson is already envisaged, but we hereby call for presentations on other scholar/poets; we are especially interested in figures from Scandinavia and eastern Europe. There is funding for lunch and drinks on the day, but sadly not for travel; participation in the anthology (see below) need not be restricted to those who can come, and other expressions of interest are welcome.


Presentations should last 20-25 minutes and be based on the relevant Latin poems. We hope to prepare the materials presented (all being well after peer review) for publication in the Bloomsbury Neo-Latin Series in its established Anthology format. This format offers an introduction to the poet and their verse, the Latin text, an English translation and explanatory notes aimed at non-expert audiences and advanced students, normally at the length of 6,000–7,000 words.


Abstracts of presentations for the workshop of 100 words, and other expressions of interest in the anthology, should be submitted for consideration to Stephen Harrison ( by 28 February 2022.


William Barton, Stephen Harrison, Gesine Manuwald and Bobby Xinyue (editors, Bloomsbury Neo-Latin Series).

Mon 20 Dec 2021, 15:46 | Tags: CFP, Conference