Offered through Schola Humanistica
Departing from a fantastical reference contained in the so-called Historia Augusta, Leonardo Bruni – one of the more celebrated humanists in the first half of the 15th century – composed and circulated in 1408 a presumed oration that the lax and vice laden Emperor Antoninus Elagabalus would have given to the prostitutes of ancient Rome. In this unique piece Elagabalus, the embodiment of lust, not only exhorts prostitutes to practice their craft with more passion, but also attempts to persuade chaste Roman mothers to take up the oldest profession in the world on a full time basis. In the course of this webinar, we will read several passages from the Vita Antonini Heliogabali in the Historia Augusta alongside the the peculiar oration of Leonardo Bruni composed “for leisure, laughs, and jest.”
Instructor: Giuseppe Marcellino
Target Audience: Teachers, students, and scholars of the Ancient World and Renaissance Humanism.
Language of the Webinar: Latin