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The Neo-Latin Podcast from the SNLS

Welcome to The Neo-Latin Podcast, With Sharon Van Dijk

This podcast series explores one of the most important facets of the early modern world, Neo-Latin literature. In each episode, we introduce a Neo-Latin author and their work, with the aim of demonstrating the wealth and diversity of Neo-Latin literature.

Episode 1: John Owen (Joannes Audoenus)

The first episode takes a closer look at three epigrams by the Welsh poet John Owen (c.1563 - c.1622).

First recorded in November 2019. (Music credit: Martha van Dijk.)

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Episode 2: Michael Marullus

This episode introduces listeners to the the works the Greek Renaissance scholar Michael Marullus (1458-1500).

First recorded in April 2019. Presented byDr William M. Barton.

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Episode 3: Juan Luis Vives

In this episode, Dr William Barton (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute) and Prof. Guillermo Alvar Nuño (University of Alcalá) discuss the life and works of the Spanish humanist scholar Juan Luis Vives (1493–1540).

First recorded in August 2021.

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Episode 4: Isotta Nogarola

In this episode, Dr Jason Harris introduces the female humanist Isotta Nogarola (1418-1466) and reads part of her poemElegia de laudibus Cyranei ruris.

First recorded in December 2021.

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Episode 5: Johannes Schefferus

In this episode, Dr Per Pippin Aspaas and Dr Andreas Klein discuss the ‘Lapponia’ of Uppsala professor Johannes Schefferus (1621-1679), a work which introduces the Sámi people and their region.

First recorded in January 2023. 

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Episode 6: Jean Dorat (Johannes Auratus)

Professor Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford, opens in a new window) discusses the verse of Jean Dorat (1508-1588), a famous classical scholar and tutor to poets who were part of ‘La Pléiade’, including Pierre de Ronsard and Joachim du Bellay. The episode explores how Dorat’s classical scholarship is fundamental to his Latin poetry and how that poetry fits into the cultural context of mid-sixteenth-century Paris.

First recorded in February 2023.

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Episode 7: Act and Tripos Verse

In this episode, Dr Will Barton and Dr Tommi Alho discuss act and tripos verse, composed to accompany student disputations at the universities of early modern Britain. They provide information on the importance of disputations for early modern university education and share Latin and Greek late-sixteenth-century poems produced for disputations of the theological faculty at Cambridge.

November 2023

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Episode 8: Giovanni Pontano (1428-1503)

In this episode, Dennis Weh explains how the humanist Pontano lets us reach for the stars in his poeticopus magnum,the ambitious didactic work ‘Urania’.

February 2024

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