IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 224: The Medieval Ovid(s)

Monday 12 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Palaeographical Studies, Ohio State University
Organiser:Frank T. Coulson, Department of Greek & Latin, Ohio State University
Moderator/Chair:Frank T. Coulson, Department of Greek & Latin, Ohio State University
Paper 224-aMoral Ambiance and Ambivalence in Bersuire'sOvidius moralizatus
(Language: English)
Jamie C. Fumo, Department of English, Mount Holyoke College
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 224-bReading Ovid in Late Medieval England: The Evidence from the Monasteries
(Language: English)
James G. Clark, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 224-cThomas Walsingham's Readings of Ovid
(Language: English)
Kathryn McKinley, Department of English, Florida International University
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Ovid’s Metamorphoses was a significant school text in the High Middle Ages. This session examines Ovidian influence in France and England through a detailed examination of Bersuire’s Ovidius Moralizatus and Thomas Walsingham’s allegorical interpretation. Bersuire’s text was the most widely dissminated commentary on Ovid and remained influential down to 1530. Walsingham and his circle (including John Seward) were important classizing friars. Their seminal role as transmitters of classical literature in later fourteenth and early fifteenth-century England has recently been highlighted by James Clark who will speak in this session.