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Cutting Out the Middleman: Petrarch’s Attempted ‘damnatio memoriae’ of Walter of Châtillon’s ‘Alexandreis’

Monday, October 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable

Even in this era of increasing skepticism about Petrarch’s break with the medieval past, his Latin epic, the Africa, is still seen as a major monument ushering in the Renaissance through its classicizing form and themes. Walter of Châtillon’s Alexandreis, a Latin epic about Alexander of Macedon written almost two centuries earlier, can lay claim to most of the ‘new’ classicisms detected in Petrarch’s Africa. In this Roundtable, Justin Haynes (Department of Classics, UC Davis) exposes the great lengths Petrarch went to in order to bury the reputation of the Alexandreis and camouflage his debt to his medieval model even while rivaling it.

Funding for the CMRS Roundtable series is provided by the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

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No fee. Limited seating. Self-pay parking in lots 2, 3, 4, and 5. Parking information at https://main.transportation.ucla.edu/campus-parking/visitors

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Monday, October 30
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Royce Hall Room 306
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States