Lingua lictoria: The Latin Literature of Italian Fascism

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During the ventennio fascista (1922–43), Italy saw a large and diverse production of
original Latin literature with explicitly Fascist themes. The number of texts published
in this period and the regime’s direct and indirect support for their production make it
clear that we are dealing with an important aspect of Fascist cultural politics, which
has never yet been studied in detail. In this article, we explore what it meant to write
in Latin in Fascist Italy. After introducing the authors and readers of Fascist Latin
texts as well as their cultural and institutional contexts, we map the ideological
functions that were attributed to Latin during the ventennio. We analyse a selection
of largely forgotten Fascist Latin texts, including Luigi Illuminati’s ‘Dux’, Giovanni
Mazza’s ‘Italia renata’, Benito Mussolini’s ‘Romae laudes’, and Vittorio Genovesi’s
‘Mare nostrum’. On the basis of these texts, we discuss Latin as the language of
romanita`, as a modern and a specifically Fascist language, as a national and an
international language, and as the language of Italian imperialism.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)216-252
Aantal pagina's37
TijdschriftClassical Receptions Journal
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - jun.-2016
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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