Neo-Latin Literature and Literary Culture in Early Modern Scotland is the first detailed examination of the vibrant culture of literature written by Scots in Latin in the late-sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The essays in this collection draw on several recent ground-breaking research projects to examine a wide variety of aspects of Scottish Latin culture, including: Scottish participation in Latinate humanist circles across Europe, particularly in France and England; scientific, philosophical and didactic Latin culture in Scotland prior to the Scientific Revolution; and the reception of classical literature in Scotland, particularly Virgil, Horace, and Ovid. It also features in-depth examinations and translated excerpts of several key works, including the Delitiae Poetarum Scotorum (Amsterdam, 1637) and The Muses' Welcome (Edinburgh, 1618).
Contributors are: Alexander Broadie, Robert Cummings, Alexander Farquhar, Roger Green, L.B.T. Houghton, Miles Kerr-Peterson, Ralph McLean, David McOmish, Gesine Manuwald, William Poole, and Steven J. Reid.
Steven J. Reid is Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow, and Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded “Bridging the Continental Divide” project. He has published a range of articles and books on intellectual and religious culture in early modern Scotland.
David McOmish is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lead Translator on the AHRC-funded “Bridging the Continental Divide” project at the University of Glasgow. He has published several articles on classical reception and Latinate scientific culture in early modern Scotland.
“This is a stimulating and enjoyable book.”
Victoria Moul, King’s College London. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 71, No. 2 (Summer 2018), pp. 672-673.
Notes on Contributors
Steven J. Reid
Chapter One: France through the Eyes of Scottish Neo-Latinists: Snapshots from the Delitiae Poetarum Scotorum
Steven J. Reid
Chapter Two: A Community of Scholarship: Latin Literature and Scientific Discourse in Early Modern Scotland
Chapter Three: The Scottish Fourth Eclogue
L. B. T. Houghton
Chapter Four: Peter Goldman: A Dundee Poet and Physician in the Republic of Letters
Chapter Five: The King Returns: The Muses’ Welcome (1618)
Roger P.H. Green
Chapter Six: Andrew Melville, the “Anti-Tami-Cami-Categoria”, and the English Church
Chapter Seven: A Classic Send-Off: the Funeral Oration of George Keith, Fourth Earl Marischal (1623)
Chapter Eight: Arthur Johnston (c.1579-1641): A Scottish Neo-Latin Poet in Europe
Chapter Nine: Arthur Johnston’s “Dedication” to the Delitiae Poetarum Scotorum
Chapter Ten: James Dundas on Seneca, Descartes and the Fall
Chapter Eleven: The Decline of Latin in the Scottish Universities
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