IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 322: Latin Writers on Youth and Age, II: Late Antiquity to the Central Middle Ages

Monday 11 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Stephen Ryle, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - Classics, University of Leeds
Paper 322-aYouth and Age in the Rule of the Master and the Rule of Benedict
(Language: English)
Abbie Gometz, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism
Paper 322-bInfantumque animae in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Danuta Shanzer, Department of Classics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign / Dumbarton Oaks Medieval (Latin) Library
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 322-cOld Age and the Carolingian King
(Language: English)
Maria Winter, Independent Scholar, Berlin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Politics and Diplomacy

This session treats literary, social, and political aspects of youth and age as seen in Latin writers ranging in date from the fourth century to the early thirteenth. Danuta Shanzer examines aspects of the fate and treatment of young children in the afterlife in literature of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Maria Winter discusses the problems that advancing years posed for Carolingian kings and the ways in which this period of life is described in the pertinent Latin sources. Finally, Markus Janka considers attitudes towards youth as well as old age in the De vetula, a philosophical and theological epic poem in three books narrated by a fictive elderly Ovid who in Book One recounts youthful amatory experiences that he has now forsworn. Session organised by IMC Programming Committee