Ancient Greek Drama in Latin 1506-1590. Readership/Translation/Circulation

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Ancient Greek Drama in Latin 1506-1590. Readership, Translation, Circulation.

In scholarly discussions of the strange and elusive presence of Greek drama, and tragedy especially, in and around sixteenth-century European drama, the availability of Latin translations of the ancient Greek plays has become an oft-invoked phenomenon.

This conference focuses on the ways in which Greek drama ‘lived’ in Latin, leading up to and coinciding with an extraordinary period of dramatic and literary composition across Europe in the Early Modern period. By bringing together scholars in Classics, Comparative and World Literature, English, Theatre, and Translation, this conference aims to create a forum for rich and nuanced discussion of the multiform and variously situated acts of reading and translation of Greek drama during this period.

Key questions for discussion are:

  • Who do we mean when we speak of ‘the’ readers and translators of Greek drama?

  • What kinds of readers and translators took part in the circulation of drama in Latin during this period?

  • What is ‘Greek’ about Greek drama in Latin?

  • How can we construe these acts of translation beyond ‘ad verbum’ vs. ‘ad sensum’ e.g. as creation, as refraction, or as collaboration?

  • How do we envisage translations of Greek drama ‘circulating’ in Europe during this period? As publications, in manuscript form, with prefaces or other paratexts, as partial translations, or as language learning exercises?

Ancient Greek Drama in Latin 1506-1590

Readership, Translation, Circulation

3rd and 4th of September 2018

King’s College London, Old Council Room

Conference Programme

Monday 3rd of September

09.30 Registration and Coffee

10.00 Welcome and Introductions

10.15 Sarah Knight (University of Leicester)

‘‘Sois sage aux despens de Rome et de la Grèce’: Learning from classical

and sixteenth-century Antigones’

11.15 Coffee, Tea, and Refreshments

11.45 Angelica Vedelago (Università degli Studi di Padova)

‘Didacticism in Neo-Latin Academic Drama: Mind-reading and 'Mind-

leading' in Thomas Watson’s Antigone’

12.30 Micha Lazarus (University of Cambridge)

‘Sophocles in Exile: Reformation Tragedy from Wittenberg to Cambridge’

13.15 Lunch

14.30 Elia Borza (Université Catholique de Louvain)

‘Understanding Drama in 16th Century Latin Translations: from Poetics to Politics’

15.30 Tea and Refreshments

16.00 Anna Clark (University of Oxford)

‘Reading Lady Lumley’s Library: Towards a New Understanding of

Female Classical Translation’

16.45 Marchella Ward (University of Oxford)

‘Assemblage Theory and the Uses of Classical Reception: the case of

Aristotle Knowsley’s Oedipus

17.30 Discussion and Drinks Reception

18.30 Conference Dinner

Tuesday 4th September

09.30 Registration and Coffee

10.00 Malika Bastin-Hammou (Université Grenoble Alpes)

‘Doctor Translator and Mister Adaptor : Alciatus and Aristophanes’

11.00 Coffee, Tea, and Refreshments

11.30 Petra Šoštarić (University of Zagreb)

‘Bound to teach: Aeschyli Prometheus by Matthias Garbitius Illyricus’

12.15 Nathaniel Hess (University of Cambridge)

‘An Alexandrian in Paris: Willem Canter’s 1566 edition of Lycophron’s Alexandra

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Alexia Dedieu (Université Grenoble Alpes)

‘Discovering and translating Euripides’ Electra in the second half of the XVI


15.15 Fabio Gatti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano)

A Latin Euripidean Cyclops in XVIth century Italy: satirical drama in a counter-

reformation climate’

16.15 Tea and End

Please register by 22nd August.

Further Information

The Council room is accessible via a lift.

There will be a quiet room designated for any participants who wish to attend and have childcare requirements (please get in touch asap so that the most helpful arrangements can be made).

Thanks to the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust there is no fee for attending this conference. If you would like to attend and are under- or un-waged, please email for further information about financial assistance for travel and/or accommodation.

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