Antiquity in Early Modern France: Forms, Ideas, Media

Feb 19, 2022, 10:00 am10:00 am


Event Description

Antiquity in Early Modern France is a one-day conference to be held on Zoom on Saturday, February 19th, 2022. Its three panels will explore the importance of classical antiquity in France from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, focusing in particular on the history of ideas, on the reception of classical literary forms, and on the interplay between ancient and early modern media.

The ten speakers from American and British universities will present papers that examine a variety of topics touching on the reception of classical antiquity, such as indifferent matters (adiaphora) in 16th-century France, the role of the Cabinet des Médailles in Versailles, and the importance of Anacreon for women writers in the late 17th-century.

We hope the conference will be the occasion for a lively discussion of the manifold ways that classical antiquity formed and was formed by writers and thinkers of the 16th through 18th centuries in France. Such issues might lead us to consider not only how early modern France shaped itself in response to classical antiquity, but also how later periods, including the 21st-century, have shaped themselves in response to the ideas, literary forms, and media of the past.


For more information about the conference, and to receive the Zoom link for the conference, please fill out the form on the contact page.  ("Contact & Zoom link"):

Organizers: Jiani Fan ([email protected]) and Alexander Brock ([email protected])


Princeton University Renaissance and Early Modern Studies