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Jesuit Georgic Poetry

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Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ The best known Jesuit georgic poems are by the French Jesuits René Rapin and Jacques Vanière, and they treat of respectably georgic topics—Rapin’s, in four books, of French formal gardens ( Horti, 1665), Vanière’s, in no less than…

The Passion(s) of Jesuit Latin

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Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ Was there ever such a thing as Jesuit Latin, and if so, how and why did it die? By the mid-eighteenth century, philosophes such as Jean le Rond d’Alembert seem to have associated belletristic Latin primarily with the Soci…

Medical Didactic Poetry

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Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ Notwithstanding Petrarch’s Invective contra medicum, which set pious, learned poets in opposition to atheistic, barbarian physicians, early modern doctors were never shy about putting their prescriptions…

Latin and the Enlightenment

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Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ In his ‘Preliminary Discourse’ to the Encyclopédie (1751), d’Alembert granted the usefulness of Latin as a scientific language but lamented, perhaps disingenuously a general decline in its use.1 In fact, Latin remained a vigor…

Psychiatry—Neo-Latin Sources for its History

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Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ Psychiatry as a medical specialism may not have existed before the nineteenth century, but in the early modern period, Latin-writing physicians, philosophers, theologians, religious writers, and lega…

The Classification of Neo-Latin Didactic Poetry from the Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries

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Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ To begin at the beginning, or, as Lucretius would have put it, principio: Neo-Latin didactic poetry is, by and large, propagated from the Roman cultivars of Virgil’s Georgics, Lucretius’s De rerum natura, Ovid’s Ars amatoria and Remedi…