Prof. Paul Gareth Gwynne
Paul Gwynne is Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the Warburg Institute,University of London. Areas of research focus on late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Italy; the rise and diffusion of Italian Humanism. These subjects are reflected in a number of articles and chapters in books as well as a trilogy of monographs which review the production of neo-Latin poetry in Rome from 1480-1600: Poets and Princes: the Panegyric Poetry of Johannes Michael Nagonius (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013); Patterns of Patronage in Renaissance Rome. Francesco Sperulo: Poet, Prelate, Soldier, Spy (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015); Francesco Benci and the Rise of Jesuit Epic (Leiden:Brill, in preparation September 2016). The latter volume will include a complete edition, with translation and commentary of Benci’s epic, Quinque Martyres,and discuss Jesuit epic in a global context.
- 2000-02 Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica: Diploma in Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica (Latina)
- 1984-90 Warburg Institute, University of London, Ph.D. (Combined Historical Studies)
Thesis: The Life and Works of Johannes Nagonius, poeta laureatus, c.1450 ‑ c.1510
- 1982-83 University of York, MA (English Renaissance Poetry)
Thesis: The Tournament in Spenser’s “Faerie Queene”
University of Reading, BA Hons (English with Latin)
- 1999 University of Luton, Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- July 9 2015: Prof. Paul Gwynne publishes Francesco Sperulo Volumes
- April 24 2015: Dies Natalis Urbis Romanae! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROME!
- October 8 2014: Latin Among the Britons
- July 1 2014: Prof. Paul Gwynne and “Inter Versiculos”
- December 12 2012: “Poets and Princes”
- March 11 2012: Inside Every Museum There Lies a Secret…
- September 28 2011: Poets & Princes, Robots & Pinocchios
- February 4 2011: Art: The Whole Story
- November 16 2010: Translating the Past
- March 9 2010: Mystery Files: Cleopatra
Teaching at The American University of Rome
- LTN 101
- LTN 102
- LTN 201
- LTN 202
- LTN 303
- LTN 307
- HSRE 313
- Rome and the Renaissance Papacy
Other Teaching Activities
- 2013 January, Latin Summer School, University of Sydney
- 2013 / 2011, June, ‘Translating the Past’ Postgraduate Seminar, ISI Florence, Palazzo Rucellai, Florence Latin Philology
- 1998-9 Rome International University, Director of Studies (M.A. in the History of Art)
- 1993-7 The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome. Lecturer: Renaissance History and Art History
- 1993-5 St Mary’s College, Rome Lecturer: Classical Mythology
- Neo-Latin poetry, especially epic
- Humanism in Rome
- Classical tradition and reception
De Pulveri Nitrato Arcula
Prof. Gwynne recites the poem he wrote in Latin about a powder horn during an eight-day workshop in Latin verse composition at the University of Michigan in the Summer of 2011:
Patterns of Patronage in Renaissance Rome: Francesco Sperulo: Poet, Prelate, Soldier, Spy (Peter Lang: Oxford, 2014) (see review here, Hungarian)
Poets and Princes: the Panegyric Poetry of Johannes Michael Nagonius, ‘Medieval and Renaissance Court Cultures 1, (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012) (read review here from Neo-Latin News, Vol. 63, 2015 published by the American Association for Neo-Latin Studies)
This excellent book… is recommended to those interested in papal relations with northern Europe, France and Venice, in courtly ceremonial displays (especially triumphs), in the Renovatio Imperii, the role of prophecy, and the theme of the crusade against the Turks.
—Frances Muecke, Department of Classics and Ancient History, The University of Sydney
By the end of his study Gwynne has made a powerful case for the value of combining historical and literary approaches.
—Gesine Manuwald, University College London, Winter, 2013, Renaissance Quarterly 66. Pages: 1504 – 1505.
Francesco Benci and the Origins of Jesuit Epic: An edition with translation and commentary of the ‘Quinque Martyres’ (Leiden: Brill, 2016)
Lorenzo Gambara, Caprarola, Edition, Translation and Commentary
Pinturicchio and the Humanists (Six Essays)
Camerino: Murder and Intrigue at a Renaissance Court.
Articles & Chapters in Books
‘A Tale of a Few Cities: Topos, Topography and Topicality in Neo-Latin Epic’ in Latin and the Early Modern World: linguistic identity and the polity from Petrarch to the Habsburg novelists, ed. Trine Hass, Noreen Humble, Marianne Pade, Renæssanceforum 10, 2016.
Bernhard Schirg, Paul Gwynne: ‘The ‘Economics of Poetry’. Fast production as a crucial skill in neo-Latin encomiastic poetry’ in Studi Rinascimentali: Rivista internazionale di letteratura italiana (Rome, December 2015)
‘Refashioning the heroic: Jesuit epic and the language of empire’, in Latinity in the Post-Classical World, eds Oren Margolis and Graham Barrett (Oxford: OUP, 2015).
‘Epic And Archaeology: Ugolino Verino’s Carlias and Butrint’ (with Richard Hodges and Joanita Vroom) Papers of the British School at Rome, 82 (2014).
‘The Writing on the Wall: Memory and Identity in Fascist Epigraphy’, (with Flavia Marcello) The Journal of the History of Architecture (2014).
‘Epic’ in Neo-Latin Literature, ed. Victoria Moul, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
‘A new contribution to the biography of Leonardo da Vinci’, Burlington Magazine, CLI (August, 2009), p. 543.
Descriptio Publicae Gratulationis Speculorum et Ludorum in Adventu Serenissimi Principis Ernesti Austricae Archiducis, (Antwerp 1595), in Europa Triumphans: Court and Civic Festivals in Early Modern Europe, ed R. Mulryne et al., Ashgate 2004, 1, pp. 496-571.
‘”Tu Alter Caesar Eris”: Maximilian I, Vladislav II, Johannes Michael Nagonius and the Renovatio Imperii’, Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies, 10 (1996), pp. 56-71.
‘A Renaissance Image of Jupiter Stator’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 58 (1995), pp. 249-52.
‘The Source for an Illuminated Frontispiece of a Panegyric for Henry VII’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 55 (1992), pp. 266‑70.
In Preparation or Submitted:
‘The Reception of Flavio Biondo’s Roma Triumphans in the late Fifteenth Century’ in Flavio Biondo ‘Roma Triumphans’ ed. by F. Muecke, ( Leiden: Brill, 2015)
‘A Tale of Two Cities. Topos , Topography and Topicality in Neo-Latin Epic’ in The Role of Latin in the Early Modern World: Linguistic Identity and Nationalism 1350-1800, Part II, eds Noreen Humble and Marianne Pade (2015).
‘The Poets and the Prince: Silius Italicus, Johannes Michael Nagonius and Gentil Virginio Orsini, Lord of Bracciano’ in The Castel of Bracciano and the Orsini Family, eds Paolo Alei and Max Grossman (2015).
Chiara Cassiani, ’Roma fra Fabula e Historia’, Renaissance Quarterly, 2010.
Brian Curran, ‘The Egyptian Renaissance. The Afterlife of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern Italy’, Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians, 2009
‘”Tecnologia in Figura”: Manuscript Research in Italy’, Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies, 10 (1996)
Philip Jacks, ‘The Antiquarian and the Myth of Antiquity: The Origins of Rome in Renaissance Thought’, in Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies, 9 (1995): 299-301
Philip Jacks, ‘The Antiquarian and the Myth of Antiquity: The Origins of Rome in Renaissance Thought’, in Roma nel Rinascimento, 7 (1994): 182-5
J. W. Binns, Intellectual Culture in Elizabethan and Jacobean England, Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies, 7, no. 2, (1991): 28‑32
Art: the Whole Story, (Thames and Hudson, 2010); Four Chapters: Early Italian Art; Early Renaissance; High Renaissance; Venetian Renaissance.
501 Great Writers, (Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 2011); Seven Entries: Virgil, Horace, Apuleis, St Augustine, Erasmus, Ariosto, Spenser.
‘Nagonius’ Repertorium Pomponianum, on-line database, May 2010.
Contributions to the Neo-Latin Anthology, on-line database Cambridge University Press 2009.
Selected Conferences and Invited Papers
(recent and forthcoming)
‘Francesco Benci and the Origins of Jesuit Neo-Latin Epic’10-14 June 2015, Boston College, First International Symposium on Jesuit Studies.
‘The Economics of Encomia’ 26-28 March 2015, Berlin, Renaissance Society of America (RSA).
‘The Reception of Flavio Biondo Roma Triumphans in the Fifteenth Century’, November 2014, The British School at Rome.
‘A Tale of Two Cities. Topos , Topography and Topicality in Neo-Latin Epic’ Texts and Contexts in Honour of Keith Sidwell, 6 June 2014, Danish Academy, Rome.
‘Laurentii Gambarae Brixiani, Caprarola’, RSA, New York, March 2014.
‘The Poets and the Prince: Silius Italicus, Johannes Michael Nagonius and Gentil Virginio Orsini, Lord of Bracciano’, Early Modern Rome II, Rome, October 2013.
‘Nescio quod nostris magnum et memorabile fatis / exemplum, Fortuna, paras
(Luc. 4.496-97). Refashioning the heroic: Jesuit epic and the language of empire ‘, Latinity in the Post-Classical World, Campo Teutonico, Vatican City, April 2013.
‘Poets and the Prince: neo-Latin Poetry for Cesare Borgia’, ANZAMEMS, Monash Unversity, February 2013.
‘Iam nova progenies caelo demittitur alto’, Virgil and Renaissance Culture, Mantua, October 2012.
‘Francesco Sperulo and Filippo Beroaldo’s Commentary on Propertius’ Cambridge Society for Neo-Latin Studies, Cambridge, March 2011.
‘Classics on-site again: Roman Perspectives’ American Classical League, Fort Worth, June 2010.
‘Classics on-site: Roman Perspectives’ American Classical League, Nashville, June 2007.
‘”Fu chiamato a Siena.” Pinturicchio and the Piccolomini Library Ceiling’, Renaissance Society of America, Miami, March 2007.
‘Rome as the Latin Classroom: Problems and Perspectives: A Virtual Reality Colosseum?’ American Classical League, Philadelphia, June 2006.
- 2013 Provost’s Award, AUR
- 2011/2012 Outstanding Service Award, AUR
- 1991 British Council, Prague study bursary
- 1990 British Academy, Neil Ker Award for MS studies
- 1989 British School at Rome, short‑term fellowship
- 1988 British School at Rome, short‑term fellowship
- 1988 Ministero degli Affari Esteri, bursary
- 1988 British Council, award to study in Prague
- 1987 Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Venetian Studies bursary
- 1987 Richard III Society for 15th‑century English History, Award
- 1987 University of London, Travel Grant
- 1986 Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Internship
- 1986 Gladys Krieble Delmas Award for Venetian Studies
- 1983 Università per Stranieri, Perugia, Borsa di Studio
- Museum Secrets: Vatican Museums, Canadian TV, January 2011
- Cleopatra, National Geographic, Autumn 2009
- AMARC (Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections)
- JACT (Joint Association of Classical Teachers)
- RSA (Renaissance Society of America)
- SNLS (Society for Neo-Latin Studies)
- SRS (Society for Renaissance Studies)