This month sees the third talk of 2017, when Professor Lynette Mitchell (Exeter) will visit the centre to deliver the Douglas MacDowell Memorial Lecture on ‘Kingship, Law, and Democracy’. We are very much looking forward to this event.
In addition to this, the centre will be supporting two further talks at this year’s Renaissance Society of America conference in Chicago. The first talk will be on a subject that various members of the CAS (Glasgow and West) have developed over the last few years: the classicising Latin literary culture of the early modern period. This panel, organised by our honorary secretary, explores the ways in which other countries across Europe can approach national collections of Neo-Latin literature in light of the fascinating discoveries made in Scotland by the Glasgow-based Delitiae Poetarum Scotorum project and its team. Those not in attendance in Chicago can keep up-to-date with discussion from the panel through a live twitter feed (and perhaps some first-time Periscoping on the CAS account), and a retrospective blog here on our homepage. The second panel will deal with Latinate scientific culture. With support from colleagues at Edinburgh, this panel will provide the first opportunity to advertise to an international audience some of the great findings made by our Glasgow-based researchers on the Latin literary context of significant developments of the Scientific Revolution made in Scotland. Like the first panel, there will be live tweets from the event, and a retrospective blog.
The subject matter of the latter panel will also inform a blog that will be posted here on a particularly interesting aspect of the reception of Lucian in early modern Latinate Scientific culture. Johannes Kepler, the famed astronomer and mathematician, used Lucian’s work as a conduit through which to pass his pro-Copernican ideas in the early 17th century. It caused a bit of a stir amongst the scholarly community across Europe at the time. Our next blog will look at how a 17th century Latin teaching manual from Edinburgh tried to separate the science fiction of Lucian from the science fact of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo – a pointed example of when classical reception was a very dangerous business.
Until then, look forward to seeing you all at our up-coming events.