Aztec Scholars

Appropriations of European Classical Learning by Native Writers in Post-Conquest Mexico

Presented by Andrew Laird

Visiting Professor of Classics and Humanities, Brown University
Professor of Classical Literature, University of Warwick

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Monday, January 25, 2016 at 12:30pm
Lattie Coor Hall, Room 4403
ASU Tempe Campus
Free and open to the public

Within only a few years of the conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards in 1521, Franciscan and Dominican missionaries began to provide a humanist ‘classical’ education to a small number of youths from the native Nahua elites in central Mexico. After providing a new account of the nature and original purpose of that training, this talk will looks at some of ways in which indigenous writers and chroniclers made use of their learning, with specific consideration of how and why they made references to classical authors and to Greco-Roman history in their presentations of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past.

About Andrew Laird
Andrew Laird is visiting Brown in 2015-16 from Warwick University in the UK, where is he Professor of Classical Literature. His research interests extend beyond ancient Greece and Rome to the Latin literature and classical traditions of the Americas, with a current focus on the role of Renaissance humanism in mediating native languages and legacies in sixteenth-century New Spain. His publications include Powers of Expression, Expressions of Power (Oxford University Press, 1999), Ancient Literary Criticism (Oxford University Press 2006), The Epic of America (London: Bloomsbury 2006), and the first comprehensive surveys of Latin writing from colonial Spanish America and Brazil for Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Neo-Latin World (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014) and Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin (Oxford University Press 2015).