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date: 22 September 2020

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Neo-Latin prose fiction flourished from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Short stories, romances, utopias, satires, and long novels in Latin often outshone literary work in the vernacular languages. Although France and Italy were the centers of production, outstanding works were also written by Latinists throughout Europe whose imaginations were pulled in one direction by the influence of the language and culture of their contemporaries, and in another by the Latin language and culture within which they studied and wrote. These writers imagined new worlds, addressed contemporary political and social problems, and satirized the great and the good in ways their ancient counterparts could not have imagined. Beginning with Enea Silvio Piccolomini, authors like Sir Thomas More, John Barclay, and Ludvig Holberg developed the literary and intellectual quality of Latin fiction until the ancient language was generally replaced by the vernacular in the eighteenth century.

Keywords: Neo-Latin novel, fiction, romance, satire, utopia, Piccolomini, Barclay, Holberg, journey, vernacular

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