Prescribing Ovid: The Latin Works and Networks of the Enlightened Dr Heerkens

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A&C Black, Mar 28, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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Gerard Nicolaas Heerkens was a cosmopolitan Dutch physician and Latin poet of the eighteenth century. A Catholic, he was in many ways an outsider on his own turf, the peat country of Protestant Groningen, and looked to Voltaire's Paris, as much as Ovid, in exile, had looked to Rome. An indefatigable traveller and networker, Heerkens mixed freely with philosophers, physicians, churchmen, and antiquarians. This book reconstructs his Latin works and networks, and reveals in the process a virtually unexplored corner of eighteenth-century culture, the 'Latin Enlightenment'.
  

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Contents

Cultivating the Two Apollos
1
Six or Five?
33
Healing the Republic of Letters
71
Letters tofrom Italy
105
Lessons from Italy
129
From National to Natural History
155
The Art of Healing in Long and Short
199
Notes from the Margins
227
Appendix Published Works of Gerard Nicolaas Heerkens
239
Bibliography
247
Index
260
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About the author (2013)

Yasmin Haskell has been Cassamarca Foundation Chair in Latin Humanism at the University of Western Australia since 2003. She is a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Councilâ€TMs Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions 1100-1800. She is the author of Loyolaâ€TMs Bees:
Ideology and Industry in Jesuit Latin Didactic Poetry, winner of the British Academy Postdoctoral Monographs Competition.

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