Lecture - Mantuan's Pastorals: The Classical Heritage in Renaissance Italy and Early Modern England
Dr. Lee Piepho, Shallenberger Brown Research Professor, Sweet Briar College, will present “Mantuan's Pastorals: The Classical Heritage in Renaissance Italy and Early Modern England.”
Baptista Mantuanus (Mantuan) (1447-1516), was an Italian Carmelite reformer, humanist, and poet. He wrote over 55,000 lines of verse, and it is largely through his poetry that he became famous and influential on the cultures of early modern Europe.
Mantuan’s greatest success and most influential work was his Adulescentia. In this collection of ten Latin eclogues, he brought together the characters, situations, and themes of Virgilian pastoral with a strain of religious allegory rooted in Carmelite spirituality and a rustic realism compounded of personal observation and the conventions of medieval pastoral art. The Adulescentia became a grammar school text and as such influenced all the literary cultures of Western Europe (from Wikipedia article by Lee Piepho).
Dr. Piepho has also published extensively on the works on Spenser, Erasmus, and on the development of Neo-Latin Humanism in western Europe.
Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m., Alumni House Lounge.
Free and open to the public.