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Tacitus and Tacitism in Europe in the early modern era (16th-18th century)

Tacite et le tacitisme en Europe à l’époque moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle)

The writing of history and the conception of power

Écriture de l’histoire et conception du pouvoir

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Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Luigia Parlati

Summary

Even if Tacitus was not totally unknown during the medieval period, the publication in Venice of the editio princeps of his works around 1470 and then, in 1515, the first edition of the Annales with the recently rediscovered first six books, marked the beginning of a real fascination for the Roman historian, for his approach to history, his style, and even more so, for his political lessons. All over Europe numerous editions of his books, in Latin or in translation, were published, as well as critical commentaries and political treaties that all claimed, under various forms, to be inspired by the ideas of Tacitus, thus giving birth to “Tacitism”.

Announcement

Conference theme

Even if Tacitus was not totally unknown during the medieval period, the publication in Venice of the editio princeps of his works around 1470 and then, in 1515, the first edition of the Annales with the recently rediscovered first six books, marked the beginning of a real fascination for the Roman historian, for his approach to history, his style, and even more so, for his political lessons. All over Europe numerous editions of his books, in Latin or in translation, were published, as well as critical commentaries and political treaties that all claimed, under various forms, to be inspired by the ideas of Tacitus, thus giving birth to “Tacitism”. 

The Reims Symposium, March 20th - 21st 2014

  • The Tacitus method: his contribution to historiography during the early modern era and its limitations

This first meeting aims to examine the circulation of the works of Tacitus in Europe and their influence on the conception of history as well as on historiography itself. We will focus on the contrary movements of support and rejection of Tacitus as a historian from the end of the Middle Ages to the Age of Enlightenment, on the arguments deployed in his favor or against him, on the impact of his method and on his historiographic style, as well as on other types of writing that take history as an object. Lastly, we will look at the possible consequences of these evolutions.

The Caen Symposium, October 2nd - 3rd 2014

  • Mastering the art of governing through history: Tacitism (s)

According to Tacitean scholars, the political reading of Tacitus began around 1580, giving rise to the notion of “Tacitism” which is usually studied in its relation to Machiavellianism, and closely associated to the emerging idea of the “reason of state”, given ample circulation by Giovanni Botero in 1589. We would like to look back on the exact origin of this association between « Machiavellianism » and « Tacitism ». At the same time, we will examine the different degrees of support and rejection of Tacitus in political literature, and clarify their different chronologies. Finally, we will try to define the contents of “Tacitism” in various types of literary works. 

Submission guidelines

Papers should be given preferably in French, but presentations in Spanish, Italian, German and English will also be considered. Papers will be peer-reviewed for publication after the conference. It will be the responsibility of the presenters to provide a French translation of their articles for publication.

Please submit abstracts of about fifteen lines with a short biographical note to

by July 15th 2013

All the submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee, and a notification of acceptance will be sent by September 2013.

Information and registration 

Symposium at the University in Reims : http:// www.univ-reims.fr/CIRLEP

Symposium at the University in Caen : http://www.unicaen.fr/recherche/mrsh/erlis/manifestations/colloque

Organising committee

  • Alexandra Merle, Professeur de Civilisation et Littérature de l'Espagne moderne, Université Caen-Basse Normandie ERLIS - EA 4254 ;
  • Alicia Oïffer-Bomsel, Maître de conférences en Civilisation de l’Espagne moderne, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne CIRLEP, EA4299 ;
  • Patricia Oudinet, Secrétariat administratif, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne CIRLEP - EA4299 ;
  • Benoît Roux, Assistant-Ingénieur, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne CIRLEP - EA4299.

Scientific committee

  • Alfredo Alvar Ezquerra, Professeur d’Histoire de l’Espagne moderne, CSIC-Madrid ;
  • Mercedes Blanco, Professeur de Littérature de l’Espagne classique, Université Paris-Sorbonne ;
  • Juan Carlos D’Amico, Professeur de Civilisation italienne, Université de Caen-Basse Normandie ;
  • Béatrice Guion, Professeur de Littérature française du XVIIe siècle, Université de Strasbourg ;
  • Michel Molin, Professeur d'Histoire romaine, Université Paris 13/Paris-Nord PRES Sorbonne-Paris-Cité ;
  • Thomas Nicklas, Professeur en Civilisation germanique-Époque moderne, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne ;
  • Christine Sukic, Professeur en Littérature et Histoire des idées dans l'Angleterre des XVIe et XVIIe siècles, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne.

Places

  • Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne - UFR Lettres et Sciences Humaines (Campus Croix Rouge) - Maison de la recherche - 57, rue Pierre Taittinger
    Reims, France (51)
  • Université de Caen Basse Normandie
    Caen, France (14)

Date(s)

  • Monday, July 15, 2013

Keywords

  • Tacite, tacitisme, historiographie, écriture, Annales

Contact(s)

  • benoit roux
    courriel : benoit [dot] roux [at] univ-rouen [dot] fr

Information source

  • benoit roux
    courriel : benoit [dot] roux [at] univ-rouen [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Tacitus and Tacitism in Europe in the early modern era (16th-18th century) », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013, https://calenda.org/244817

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