The Reception of Vergil in Renaissance Rome


In this work Jeffrey Glodzik argues that Vergil played a central role in the prevailing discourse of Renaissance Rome. Roman humanists associated with the papacy employed the language of Vergil to express a vision for Rome and its divinely-ordained destiny.

Using the transformation methodology allelopoiesis, he shows that in their neo-Latin works Roman humanists focused on a Christian interpretation of the fourth eclogue to highlight an incipient Golden Age, ignored pessimistic readings of the Aeneid to emphasize the glories of a renewed imperium, and encapsulated Vergil’s words to celebrate papal Rome’s unquestionable destiny. Ultimately, Glodzik demonstrates that the interpretation and application of Vergil were not uniform throughout Europe; Vergil was instead shaped to fit the concerns of papal Rome.

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Jeffrey A. Glodzik, Ph.D. (2009), State University of New York at Buffalo, is Associate Professor of History at D’Youville University in Buffalo, New York. He specializes in Renaissance history and neo-Latin studies.


1 Vergilius Omnipraesens

2 Renovatio Romae

3 Saturnia regna renata

4 Imperium sine fine

5 Fatum Romae

6 Conclusion: Vergilius et Roma
This book will be of interest to scholars and students of Renaissance history, classics, and neo-Latin studies as well as academic libraries.
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