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).
— List of Illustrations 
— List of Abbreviations
— Han Lamers, Bettina Reitz-Joosse, and Valerio Sanzotta, Introduction: Studies in the Latin Literature and Epigraphy
of Italian Fascism 
— Dirk Sacré, Die neulateinische Literatur in Mussolinis Italien: Eine Einführung 
— Paolo Fedeli, Uso e abuso della poesia di Orazio nelle odi al Duce e al fascismo 
— William M. Barton, Pastoral and the Italian Landscape in the ventennio fascista: Natural Themes in the Latin
Poetry of F. Sofia Alessio, G. Mazza, and L. Illuminati 
— Johanna Luggin, Imperium iam tandem Italiae restitutum est. Lateinische Übersetzungen der Reden Mussolinis
zum faschistischen Imperium 
— Wolfgang Strobl, In honorem et memoriam fortissimorum virorum… Zur präfaschistischen und faschistischen
Biografie einer Römischen Inschrift 
— Antonino Nastasi, L’epigrafia in latino negli anni del fascismo. L’uso dei classici tra continuità e fratture 
— Dirk Sacré, The Certamen Hoeufftianum During the ventennio fascista: An Exploration (With Unpublished
Poems by Vittorio Genovesi and Giuseppe Favaro) 

Instrumentum bibliographicum
— Xavier van Binnebeke, Hoeufft’s Legacy: Neo-Latin Poetry in the Archive of the Certamen Poeticum
Hoeufftianum (1923-1943) 
— Bibliography 
— General Index

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 20 mm

374 pages

ISBN: 9789462702073

Publication: June 18, 2020

Series: Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia 46

Languages: English

Stock item number: 135278

Bettina Reitz-Joosse is associate professor of Latin Language and Literature at the University of Groningen.
Han Lamers is 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.
Latijnse teksten hielpen Mussolini zijn fascistische gedachtegoed te verankeren
Lofdichten op het fascisme, in het Latijn. Toespraken van Mussolini, vertaald in het Latijn. Inscripties op gevels van gebouwen, in het Latijn. Voor classici Bettina Reitz-Joosse, een Duitse universitair hoofddocent aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, en Han Lamers, een Nederlandse hoogleraar klassieke talen aan de Universiteit van Oslo, is het duidelijk: „Het alom aanwezige Latijn heeft geholpen bij het verankeren van het fascistische gedachtegoed in Italië in het ventennio, de periode van 1922 tot 1943.”