Classics and Ancient History seminar: Pagan powers, passions and their proxies: the gods in Jesuit Latin epic
Pagan powers, passions and their proxies: the gods in Jesuit Latin epic
The early modern Jesuits were heirs to the Latin humanism of the Renaissance and not immune to the cult of Virgil. In this talk I will focus on three Jesuit ‘Virgilian’ epics from the beginning, middle and end of the ‘Old’ Society: Francesco Benci’s Five Martyrs (1591), on the Jesuit martyrs of Cuncolim, southern India and Bartolomeu Pereira’s Paceicis (1640), on the life and martyrdom in Nagasaki in 1626 of the poet’s cousin, Francisco Pacheco; and the Heroum libri iv of Emmanuel de Azevedo (1789), on the exile of American Jesuits in Europe during the Suppression. How did these poets, writing at critical moments in the Society’s history, mobilise the traditional epic machinery of supernatural apparitions, interventions, and motivation of human passions? And how did they treat the ‘new’ gods encountered in their overseas missions?
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17 September, 4:00-5:00pm
Seminar Series convenors:
Louise Pryke and Emma Barlow
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The Department of Classics and Ancient History is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).