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Poetics and Politics in Laurentius Fornelius’ Poem on ancient Uppsala (1630)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Early modern antiquarianism and its political applications have gained a considerable amount of scholarly attention. Yet only a few modern studies have discussed Neo-Latin poetry as a form of antiquarianism. Laurentius Fornelius’ Exegesis de antiquissima Sveonum Metropoli Ubsalia (1630) is such a poem, as it explores the early history of the city of Uppsala. The model was provided by Ovid, who in his poem Fasti described the origins of Roman holidays and customs. Reusing this prototype, Fornelius offers a description of Uppsala’s pagan past and medieval history. He also accounts for Sweden’s development into a great power under the Vasa dynasty. This paper will demonstrate how Fornelius creates his poetical narrative by appropriating Ovid’s literary form, while reusing contemporary antiquarian and historiographical sources. It will also argue that the Exegesis is an explicitly political text, as it portrays Sweden as a new superpower that surpasses the empires of antiquity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
neo-Latin poetry, ideological applications of literature
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Research subject
Latin
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-352596OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-352596DiVA, id: diva2:1214113
Conference
The 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 22-24 March 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Note

Delivered at The 64th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, March 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana, as part of the panel Neo-Latin Poetry as a Medium of Ideological Exchange. The panel was organised by Susanna de Beer (Leiden University) and Elena Dahlberg (Uppsala University).

 

Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-10-24Bibliographically approved

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