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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter traces the rebirth of classical Latin genres in Italy from Dante (1265–1321) to Pascoli (1855–1912). In verse, Italian poets wrote Latin eclogues, satires, pastorals, elegies, and epics; while in prose they composed Latin epistles, histories, and treatises. They also wrote comedies and tragedies in both prose and verse. An important part of this literature was produced by women, whose work is only now being studied. The chapter considers how religious and political contexts influenced the composition of Neo-Latin verse and prose in Italy, and discusses a range of regional contexts for composition (e.g. Naples, Rome, northern Italy).

Keywords: Italy, Neo-Latin literature, eclogue, satire, pastoral, elegy, epic, comedy, tragedy

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