IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1322: Ancient Presences, III: Petrarch, the Cronaca di Partenope, and the Myth of Naples

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval Studies Program, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Organiser:John B. Dillon, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Moderator/Chair:Christian Rohr, Fachbereich Geschichte, Universit├Ąt Salzburg
Paper 1322-aEpic Imitation of Virgil in Petrarch's Africa
(Language: English)
Andrew Laird, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Warwick
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 1322-bLegendary Founders in 14th-Century Naples
(Language: English)
Samantha Kelly, Department of History, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Social History
Paper 1322-cSebethus and his Daughters: Mythologizing Water in Aragonese Naples
(Language: English)
John B. Dillon, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Social History
Abstract

This session continues the “Ancient Presences” consideration of engagement with Roman antiquity by medieval writers in Latin (chiefly), Spanish, and Italian. Andrew Laird will focus on Petrarch’s relationship to the ancient epic poet Vergil as seen in his own heroic epic, Africa, dedicated to Robert of Anjou, king of Sicily. Samantha Kelly will discuss late medieval constructions of the ancient past in Robert’s capital city, Naples, as evidenced by the fourteenth-century Cronaca di Partenope. John Dillon will examine the classicizing personification of watercourses, springs, and fountains by fifteenth-century Neapolitan humanists associated with the Crown.