The Classical Tradition in the Atlantic World, April 24-26

Date/Time: 
April 26, 2013 - 5:30pm

LECTURE Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 pm

José A. Rodríguez Garrido (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú), Classical Myth on Stage: Theater from Imperial Propaganda to Creole Project in Colonial Lima, the Maury A. Bromsen Lecture in Latin American History and Culture.Wednesday, April 24 at 5:30 pm in the MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

WORKSHOP Thursday, April 25, 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Thursday, April 25, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the John Carter Brown Library. Printing and the Classical Tradition in the Atlantic World, led by Ken Ward, Maury A. Bromsen Curator of Latin American Books. Free – registration required (limited to 20)

This workshop will focus on the mechanics of the book trade in the Iberian Atlantic in order to investigate the following questions: Which classical authors were among the "best sellers" of the trans-Atlantic book trade? Which classical authors or Latin texts found their way into print in the Americas? What were the peculiarities of the trans-Atlantic trade and local productions in financial and socio-cultural terms? We will examine rare books from the JCB collections in order to illustrate various aspects of these questions.

LECTURE Thursday, April 25, 5:30 pm

Andrew Laird (University of Warwick), Aztecs on Olympus: Renaissance Classical Learning and Native Traditions in Sixteenth-Century Mexico, a lecture sponsored by the Brown Humanities Initiative. Thursday, April 25 at 5:30 pm in the Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

SYMPOSIUM Friday, April 26, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Friday, April 26, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm in the Music Room, Rochambeau House. Co-sponsored by the Departments of Hispanic Studies and Classics at Brown University and the John Carter Brown Library. Free (lunch included) – registration required

Neoclassicism and the early modern reception of ancient Greek and Latin literature have long been topics of study, but rarely of interdisciplinary conversation between early modernists and classicists. Focused mainly but not exclusively on Spanish America, this symposium brings together scholars of classics, literature and art history.

Laura Bass, chair (Hispanic Studies, Brown University)

David A. Boruchoff (Hispanic Studies, McGill University), Classical Precepts and Cultural Relativism in Debates on the Barbarism of New World Indians and Cannibals

Alejandra Rojas (Art History, Harvard University), American Ambrosia: Refiguring Greek Authorities in Sixteenth-century Images of Cacao and Tobacco

Domingo Ledezma (Hispanic Studies, Wheaton College), Inserting New World Knowledge into the Stream of Classical Tradition: Guido Pancirollus and his Rerum memorabilium (1599-1602)

Jay Reed (Classics and Comparative Literature, Brown University), Praesentia Finxi: Love and Ruins in Castiglione’s Alcon and Milton’s Epitaphium Damonis

Emily Greenwood (Classics, Yale University), Songs at Sea: the Radical Classical Atlantic in Contemporary Caribbean poetry in English

Kenneth Haynes, respondent (Classics and Comparative Literature, Brown University)