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.
Table of contents
Acknowledgements Abbreviations 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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