Studies in the Latin Literature and Epigraphy of Italian Fascism

Edited by Han Lamers, Bettina Reitz-Joosse, and Valerio Sanzotta

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First collected volume dealing with the use of Latin under Fascism

This book deals with the use of Latin as a literary and epigraphic language under Italian Fascism (1922–1943). The myth of Rome lay at the heart of Italian Fascist ideology, and the ancient language of Rome, too, played an important role in the regime’s cultural politics. This collection deepens our understanding of ‘Fascist Latinity’, presents a range of previously little-known material, and opens up a number of new avenues of research. The chapters explore the pivotal role of Latin in constructing a link between ancient Rome and Fascist Italy; the different social and cultural contexts in which Latin texts functioned in the ventennio fascista; and the way in which ‘Fascist Latinity’ relied on, and manipulated, the ‘myth of Rome’ of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Italy.

Contributors: William Barton (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies), Xavier van Binnebeke (KU Leuven), Paolo Fedeli (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro), Han Lamers (University of Oslo), Johanna Luggin (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies), Antonino Nastasi (Rome), Bettina Reitz-Joosse (University of Groningen), Dirk Sacré (KU Leuven), Valerio Sanzotta (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies), Wolfgang Strobl (Toblach).

Format: Edited volume - ebook

380 pages

ISBN: 9789461663122

Publication: June 15, 2020

Series: Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia 46

Languages: English

Bettina Reitz-Joosse is assistant professor of Latin Language and Literature at the University of Groningen.
Han Lamers is associate professor of Classics at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, and the History of Art and Ideas of the University of Oslo.
Valerio Sanzotta is key researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck.