The Byron Journal

Latin in the Levant: Two Poems in Latin by Byron

The Byron Journal (2018), 46, (2), 127–140.


Byron’s intense burst of engagement with Latin translations and compositions in 1811–12, paradoxically even while living in the heart of Athens, was exceptional in his adult life. This article highlights Byron’s preference for Latin and ‘Romaic’ over classical Greek at this time, and then examines what seem to be the only surviving examples of Byron’s verses in Latin: the relatively neglected ‘Lines Associated with The Curse of Minerva’, an epigrammatic tour de force, and Edleston, an elegiac lament in the mould of his Thyrza series.

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Caines, Karen