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Evurte Jollivet’s Fulmen in Aquilam (1636): A Protestant Aeneid
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]

The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) generated a flurry of Latin epics, composed by writers from both sides of the religious divide. All of these ambitious works rely on ancient prototypes, Virgil being their main source of inspiration. Appropriating the Aeneid allowed these poets to portray their respective countries as rising empires and their rulers as new Aeneae (e.g. Philip Hardie 2014). Examples par excellence of this literary phenomenon are the Latin epics about Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (r. 1611-1632), a Lutheran king who had transformed his nation from a political and cultural nonentity into a military superpower and who successfully defended the Protestant cause in the Thirty Years’ War.

This paper will discuss a neo-Latin epic penned by the French Protestant Evurte Jollivet (1601-1662). Published in 1636 and divided into twelve books, Fulmen in Aquilam seu Gustavi Magni … bellum Sueco-Germanicum celebrates Gustavus Adolphus’s military intervention in the war against the Habsburg Emperor (whose traditional iconographic symbol is the Eagle, hence aquila in the title) up until the king's tragic death in 1632. While previous scholarship has described Jollivet’s work as “very bad” (Hans Helander 2003) and “infantile” (Ludwig Braun 2007), the poem is a fascinating case of the early modern re-use of an ancient model for ideological purposes. My contribution will focus on exactly this kind of appropriations of the Aeneid in Jollivet’s epic and uncover their religious, cultural and political implications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
neo-Latin poetry, intertextuality, ideological uses of poetry
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Specific Literatures
Research subject
Latin
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-352597OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-352597DiVA, id: diva2:1214116
Conference
The Annual Conference of the Classical Association of Canada, 8-10 May 2018, Calgary, Alberta
Funder
Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-10-24Bibliographically approved

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