Knowing is the origin and source of writing well.


Scribendi recte sapere est et principium et fons.

Horace, Epistles 2.3.309

HPRT 8. RESCRIPTA LUSITANIA: Reception of ancient texts in Portuguese literature

Our research group develops work on the memory that Portuguese literary texts keep and transmit from Greco-Roman Antiquity, through references, mentions or allusions to myths, history or the literary concepts and ideas of classical writers. Our study aims to recognize the way in which the authors of Portuguese literature, from its beginnings to the present day, make their own the themes and genres that classical writers created and canonized, and the different ways in which they rooted them in Portuguese culture, resuming, but also expanding, its content and the possibilities of its interpretation and use across different generic frontiers. In short, RESCRIPTA LUSITANA aims to recognize and understand the transformations, and the ways assumed in this transformation, of the classical tradition in Portuguese literature, adapting it to the cultural and literary identity and to the different sensibilities and artistic periods of its history.

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