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date: 23 October 2019

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In the early modern period Scandinavia comprised two kingdoms: Sweden (including Finland) and Denmark-Norway (including Iceland). The arrival of humanism and Neo-Latin literature was primarily tied to the Lutheran Reformation. The concomitant reform of the educational system resulted in a boom in Neo-Latin literature throughout the second half of the sixteenth century. In Sweden, the Reformation and the beginnings of Neo-Latin literature were a gradual process. Through the seventeenth century, however, Sweden’s rise as a political and industrial power led to a blossoming of both science and Neo-Latin literature. During the eighteenth century, Latin quickly lost its importance. Latin had been the only language used in all academic contexts, and for a long time was dominant as a literary language. Important topics are Latin literature as a social factor in academic milieux and Latin as a vehicle for national propaganda.

Keywords: Reformation, Gothicism, National propaganda, historiography, rhetoric, elegy, epic, occasional poetry, pastoral

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