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Lars Fornelius's Gustavus Sago-Togatus (1631): A Latin Poem in the Service of Swedish State-Building
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology. (elena.dahlberg@lingfil.uu.se)
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

One feature that has not yet been discussed in sufficient detail in scholarship on Swedish Neo-Latin is the description of the new apparatus status of the fledgling Swedish state. In this paper, I will discuss one of these poems that promotes the new state system. Entitled Gustavus Sago-Togatus and published in 1631, it is composed by the Swedish humanist Lars Fornelius. Written in hexameters, it hails Gustavus Adolphus as an exemplary Protestant prince. The poem seems to be a programmatic panegyric to a royal, but on closer inspection it reveals that its primary aim is to justify the new collegia introduced in the time when the foundations of the Swedish military state were laid. Fornelius's poem will be shown to mirror the political changes undergone by the country and to justify its state-building program.

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Neo-Latin literature, ideology and literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296453OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296453DiVA: diva2:938422
Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Boston, Mass., March 31 - April 2, 2016
Latin Poetry in the Service of the Swedish State-Building Programme, ca. 1550-1650
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-16 Last updated: 2016-06-16

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