The Society of Neo-Latin Studies was pleased to hear Prof. em. Roger Green (Glasgow) give the SNLS Annual Lecture on 8 November 2013 at King's College London. This year the lecture was given in commemoration of the Society's committee member, Prof. Philip Ford, who passed away in April.
The title of Prof. Green's paper was 'The Poetry of George Buchanan 1973-2023'; in it, Prof. Green reviewed the remarkable surge in scholarly study of the poetry of George Buchanan (1506-82) over recent years, and also looked forward to the next decade. The speaker concentrated in particular on Ian McFarlane's biography of Buchanan (1981) and on Philip Ford's work on the Scottish humanist (especially his George Buchanan, Prince of Poets, 1982), without forgetting Buchanan's tragedies (Walsh and Sharratt, 1983) or John Durkan's Bibliography of George Buchanan (1994). Such fundamental works, he argued, continue to stimulate and inform Buchanan research, as does more recent work, much of it benefitting from Philip Ford's help and leadership. Over the next ten years, so Prof. Green hopes, there wil continued reflection and discussion, as well as the continuation of new editions of Buchanan's poetry.
To read a revised version of Prof. Green's text, click here .
For the bibliography to Prof. Green's lecture, click here .
Read some of Buchanan's (and Arthur Johnston's) Latin poetry in the SNLS Anthology