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The Author as Hero in Twelfth-Century Latin Epic: Major Precedents for Dante’s Role in the “Commedia”

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Roundtable

Ever since Eugène Bossard pointed out the similarities between Dante’s Commedia and Alan of Lille’s Anticlaudianus in 1885, modern scholars have recognized Alan’s epic as an important source of inspiration for Dante. However, one of Dante’s greatest debts to the Anticlaudianus, the central role of
the author, has been underappreciated. In John of Hauville’s Architrenius, another twelfth-century allegorical Latin epic, the eponymous hero is twice identified as the author. The Architrenius, therefore, is the only Latin epic written before the Commedia in which the author is explicitly named as the
protagonist. Dr. Justin Haynes (Lecturer, Classics, UCLA) considers this important precedent and possible inspiration for the Commedia that seems to have gone completely unnoticed in modern scholarship.

Advance registration not required. no fee. Limited seating.

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


Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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


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