Neo-Latin iu Cambridge

Dear David,

This looks very interesting to me, if only I could get to it. Do you think
it is worth while putting out on your blog?

Best wishes.

—–Original Message—–
From: A.W. Taylor [] On Behalf
Of A.W. Taylor
Sent: 23 February 2009 18:26
To: Dr Andrew Taylor
Subject: CSNLS Seminar at 5.30pm on Thursday 26 Feb

Godwin Room, D staircase, Old Court, Clare College at 5.30pm.
Thursday 26 February: Catarina Fouto (St Peter’s College,
Oxford), ‘Iacobus Tevius (c.1514 -1569): “imitatio” and “mimesis” in the *Epodon sive Iambicorum libri tres* (Lisbon, 1565). Neo-latin Humanism and Counter-Reformation in Portugal’

Diogo de Teive was a typical scholar of his day: a traveller, who spent most of his formative years abroad, in Europe. He would return to Portugal with George Buchanan, Nicholas de Grouchy, Guillaume de Guérente and João da Costa, thanks to the initiative of King John III, but cultural freedom in Teive’s homeland would not last. Buchanan, João da Costa and Diogo de Teive were accused of Protestantism by the Inquisition, and sentenced to imprisonment. Nonetheless, Teive did not leave the country, and he remained close to the Portuguese royal family and to the court until his death, possibly in 1569.

This paper will focus on the hitherto unedited epithalamium written by Diogo de Teive, in 1565, on the occasion of the important marriage of D. Maria (daughter of D. Duarte, granddaughter of King D. Manuel) and Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma (nephew of Philip II of Spain). The poem was dedicated to Cardinal Henry, at the time Regent in Portugal. The study of this particular poem (a post-Tridentine Christian epithalamium that includes a vivid mythological narrative in its mid-section) is challenging.

A preliminary analysis of the text indicates that the author used Paulinus Nolanus’ epithalamium (carmen XX) as a model of structural imitatio, by presenting the aetiology of the Christian sacrament of marriage in the opening lines of the poem. The nature of the concept of imitatio adopted by Diogo de Teive will be discussed. The causes and implications of assuming that concept of imitatio will be brought to debate, while trying to evaluate in what way it reflects a particular historical and cultural ambiance in Portugal at the time. The concept of mimesis and the impact of the Council of Trent on the work of the Portuguese humanist will be analysed, bearing in mind the political and social changes in Portugal in the second half of the sixteenth century.

It should not be forgotten that Diogo de Teive was a humanist who lived side by side with the main agents of Counter-Reformation in Portugal. In that sense, Teive’s epithalamium witnesses that writers were not always prepared to abandon their humanistic background to adjust to the emergent cultural scene.

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