Croatica et Tyrolensia at the IANLS 2015, Vienna

Conventus Vindobonensis 2015: http://ianls-vienna2015.univie.ac.at/program/

Epigrams in Bošković’s manuscript collection at the Bancroft Library

Irena Bratičević
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Classical Philology
HR-10000 Zagreb, Ivana Lučića 3, Croatia

The Ragusan Ruđer Bošković (1711–1787) was an esteemed and influential lecturer and scholar throughout Europe in the second half of the eighteenth century. His treatises encompassed a broad range of disciplines, from mathematics, physics, geometry, optics, earth science, and engineering to natural philosophy and astronomy. These scholarly works together with Bošković’s efforts to communicate his scientific thought in verse (a notable instance being his epic poem De Solis ac Lunae defectibus) were written in Latin and Italian. But Bošković was also a poet of ordinary events and human relationships. This is particularly evident in the hitherto unstudied collection of his manuscript poems, for the most part autographs, held today in the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The collection contains around 400 Latin epigrams. A number of these were improvised on the spot, revealing Bošković’s ingenuity and his mastery of the epigrammatic form. This presentation will consider the social occasions that prompted the epigrams, a number of which were meant to entertain. It will also consider the life of these texts after their original performance: who recorded them, when, and with what purpose in mind.

De scriptorum in Croatia et in Tyrolide numeris, saeculis, nexibus

Neven Jovanović
Facultas philosophica Universitatis Zagrabiensis
Ivana Lučića 3, HR-10000 Zagreb

Parvae sunt partes orbis terrarum Croatia et Tyrolis; attamen in utraque vigebat paene praeter opinionem studium Latine scribendi. Quod studium erat sicut tessera cuius ope viri docti cuiuscumque nationis, maximae an minimae, divitis an pauperis, vicissim aemularentur. Notitia bibliographica docet in Croatia ab anno 976 usque ad annum 1984 auctores 1296 scripsisse opera Latina alicuius momenti 3866. In Tyrolide vero a saeculo XIII usque ad novissima tempora plus quam 2000 auctores plus quam 7000 opera composuerant. Sed in singulis saeculis quot auctores floruerint, ut in Croatia, ita in Tyrolide? Is numerus qua ratione iunctus sit cum numero totius populi, et ea ratio progressu temporis creveritne an decreverit? Quae fuerint auctorum vicissitudines, quo modo se invicem laudaverint et sublevaverint? Quae genera litteraria quibus praeponderaverint temporibus? Opera sintne plura scripta versu an oratione soluta? Numerus operum quo nexu ligetur cum vi et momento eorum? Haec et alia nobis investiganda proposuimus indagatione litteraria et digitali, qua in re ratio nostra similis est aliquantum ei, quae iam “lectio e recessu” (distant reading) appellata est a Franco Moretti (Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History, 2005). Cum possit lectio sine lectione videri, est tamen accessus ad comparationem litterarum, ut dicitur, sociologicam.

Deities in Big Numbers

A Digital Analysis of the Mythological Apparatus in Three Croatian Neo-Latin Epics

Gorana Stepanić (Juraj Dobrila University of Pula)

It is well known that Neo-Latin epic, including Christian epic, widely employs the ancient mythological apparatus. The phenomenon has been studied as one of the prominent and most obvious characteristics which the epic genre 'owes' to the antiquity, usually on individual texts. In this paper I am going to present the results of a digital experiment performed on three chronologically distant Christian epics of Croatian Neo-Latin authors (Jacobus Bonus from Dubrovnik, De uita et gestis Christi, 1526; Caietanus Vicich from Rijeka, Jesseidos libri XII, 1700; Josephus Ciobarnich from Makarska, Dioclias, ms. ante 1846, ed. 1881). The experiment consisted in isolating and analyzing all proper names of classical origin from the total of 26000 verses. Working on large amounts of text and with big numbers, I am trying to gain an ‘objective’ insight into the status of the mythological apparatus in the three poems and draw conclusions on how it was used, in which contexts, how its relative frequency reflects the doctrinal rigor of their authors or the ideological or aesthetic preferences of their respective periods.

Reconstructing the Learned Connections of a Croatian Curial Prelate

Nicholas of Modruš and Bessarion’s Academy

Luka Špoljarić (University of Zagreb)

The paper will revisit a previously unexplored angle of the Accademia Bessarionis, the informal intellectual circle in Renaissance Rome centered around Cardinal Bessarion. It will explore the role that one Nicholas bishop of Modruš (ca. 1427-1480), a humanist prelate who did not find any mention in previous studies on this topic, played in the Academy. Nicholas of Modruš was a Croatian prelate, who, after his banishment from the Hungarian court, enjoyed a successful career at the Curia during the pontificates of Paul II and Sixtus IV. The paper will set Nicholas on the social stage of Renaissance Rome, and by drawing on documentary, literary and palaeographical evidence, reconstruct his connections to Bessarion’s circle. While it will thus contribute to the more detailed understanding of one of the most famous intellectual circles of the Italian Renaissance, it will also serve as a case study of the Croatica et Tyrolensia project: a project that seeks to map out the learned connections of the Croatian and Tyrolean early modern intelligentsia and ultimately provide parallel digital textual-prosopographical-bibliographical databases of Croatian and Tyrolean Latinists.

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