William Barton

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William studied Classics in London and Calgary, Canada before gaining his PhD from King's College, London in 2015.

In the History of Mentalities research line at the LBI, William has focused on the appreciation of nature, the natural environment and landscape in Neo-Latin texts, in particular the shifting attitudes towards the mountain as an extreme locus of nature in the early modern period and the creation of a concept of ‘landscape’ from the Renaissance to the present day.

William also has an interest in the Neo-Latin of the New World, especially that of French Canada, where he has also concentrated on attitudes towards nature and the environment.


Neo-Latin publications


  • Mountain Aesthetics in Early Modern Latin Literature. Oxford, London: Routledge, 2016.


  • Der Landschaftsbegriff in der neulateinischen Literatur, in: Korenjak, M. and Rollinger, R. Die Entdeckungen der Landschaft. Vienna, Cologne, Weimar: Böhlau Verlag (2017): 251–271.

  • Aldrovandi, Ulisse in: Sgarbi, M., Encylopedia of Renaissance Philosophy. New York, NY: Springer (2016): 890–892.

  • Latin and Vernacular Translation in Early Modern Natural Philosophical Literature: A Case Study from Monte Baldo. Scientia Poetica 20 (2016): 24–40.

  • An Eighteenth-Century Thought Experiment on Climate Change: Johann Jakob Scheuchzer’s "De ignis seu caloris certa portione Heluetiae adsignata" (1708) Lias: Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources 42 (2) (2015): 135–166 [co-authored with S. Migletti] (John Hopkins University).

  • The Third Elegy of Laurent Le Brun’s (S.J.) Franciad: Difficultas Itinerum in Silvis Canadensibus, The Difficulties of Expression in the Canadian Forest. Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch 49/3 (2013), 439–446.

Paedogogical Publications:

  • Neo-Latin Podcast. Latein Forum 85/86 (2015), 132–135.

Book Reviews

  • Urs B. Leu (2016) Conrad Gessner (1516–1565): Universalgelehrter und Naturforscher der Renaissance, Zürich: Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ Libro; 464 Seiten ISBN-10: 3038101532. ISBN-13: 978-3038101536. 13 x 4 x 24,4 cm. 92 Ill. Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 69.1–2 (2016), 66–70

  • Gilbert Tournoy and M. Mund-Dopchie (eds.) La correspondance de Guillaume Budé et Juan Luis Vives. Introduction, critical edition, and notes. Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia, 38. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2015. 160 pp. ISBN: 978-94-6270-036-9 in Neo-Latin News SPRING  Vol. 64, (2016) pp. 69–71.

  • Hagit Amirav and Hans-Martin Kirn (eds.) Theodore Bibliander. De ratione communi omnium linguarum et literarum commentarius. Foreword by Irena Backus. Travaux d’Humanisme et Renaissance 475. Geneva: Librarie Droz S.A., 2011. liv + 684 pp. ISBN: 978­-2-600-01490-8 Neo-Latin News FALL - WINTER Vol. 62 (2014) pp. 292–294.

  • Jourdain-Annequin, Colette, Quand Grecs et Romains découvraient les Alpes: “les Alpes voisines du ciel”. Paris: Picard, 2011. 313pp. ISBN: 978-2-7084-0836-4 in Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 65 (2012), 250–253.

  • Caragounis, C. C (ed.), Greek: A Language in Evolution. Essays in Honour of Antonios N. Jannaris. Hildesheim/Zürich/New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2010.  Pp. xiv, 344.  ISBN: 9783487142555 in Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 63 (2011), 1–4.

Conference Papers and Workshops

  • A Neo-Latin Database • Latin and the Republic of Letters, Diachronic Concepts of Education from Oral Tradition to Digital Humanities, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 4–5th May 2017.

  • Neo-Latin Epistolary Writing and the Assembly of Knowledge • Classical Association Annual Meeting, University of Kent, 26th–29th April 2017.

  • Aims and Expectations of the Delitiae Poetarum Germanorum (1612) • RSA Chicago, 29th March–2nd April 2017.

  • Le corps et la montagne : L'exercice physique et les modifications du rapport aux Alpes (16e-18e siècle) • Séminaire d’axe 2016-2017 Programme ‘Discours des corps’ (THELEME – Littérature et Sciences humaines de l’Antiquité aux Lumières) Université Paris-Diderot, 22nd February 2017.

  • Landschaft auf Latein: Beispiele und theoretische Überlegungen zum Thema ‚Landschaft’ in der Frühen Neuzeit • Landschaftsnarrative in Antike und Früher Neuzeit, Basel, 21–22th October 2016.

  • Pastoral and the Italian Landscape in the Latin Poetry of the Ventennio Fascista • FASCIVM DECVS SVPERBVM – Neo-Latin in the ventennio fascista, Brixen, Italy, 7-8th October 2016.

  • New World Landscapes in Ancient Forms: Laurent le Brun's Franciad (1639) • Classical Association (CA) Edinburgh, 6th–9th April 2016.

  • Latin and Vernacular Translation in Early Modern Verona: Two Visits to Monte Baldo • RSA Boston, 31.3–2.4 2016.

  • Prospectus – der Landschaftsbegriff in der neulateinischen Literatur • International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (IANLS), Vienna, Austria 2-8 August 2015.

  • Der Landschaftsbegriff in der neulateinischen Literatur • 2. Montafoner Gipfeltreffen, Partenen, Austria, 15-19th June 2015.

  • Changing Mountain Mentalities: The Reception of Classical Nature Descriptions in 16th Century Switzerland • Classical Association (UK) 2015, Bristol, 10-13 April 2015.

  • Animi delectationis gratia: Conrad Gesner and Mountain Writing in 16th Century Switzerland • RSA Berlin, 26-28th March 2015.

  • The Pervigilium Veneris: A Case of Editing through the Scholarship • Editors at Work - Experiences and Problems with Neo-Latin Texts, Innsbruck, Austria, 4-5th December 2014.

  • Latin for "Landscape": the development of the landscape idea in early modern Latin • Neo-Latin Reading Group, King’s College, London 11th November 2014.

  • Latin and the Vernacular in Early Modern Verona: Two Accounts of Trips to Monte Baldo • Using, Misusing and Abusing Latin in the Early Modern Period, University of Warwick,  April 25-26th 2014.

  • Landscape and Prospectus in Neo-Latin: Views of the Mountain • King’s College, London Classics Departmental Seminar, October 8th 2013.

  • 16th Century Humanism in Zurich and Enjoyment of the Mountains • Conference of the Classical Association (UK) 2013, Reading, April 3-6th 2013.

  • A Changing Mountain Mentality: Gaeographia, prospectus, pictura. • Cambridge Society for Neo-Latin Studies (CSNLS) Trinity College, Cambridge. January 31th 2013.

  • The Mountains in Neo-Latin Literature. • Workshop “’Mountain Gloom and Mountain Glory?’ – Die Berge in Antike und Neuzeit”, co-organized by the “Offenes Forschungskolloquium zur Römischen Geschichte” of Innsbruck University and the LBI, Innsbruck, October 16th, 2012.

  • The Value of Neo-Latin literature: Then and Now. • Values in Literature and the Value of Literature Conference, Finnish Doctoral Programme for Literary Studies; Finnish Literary Research Society, Helsinki, September 12-14th, 2012.

  • The Body and the Mountain: Exercise and the Changing Attitude towards the Mountain in Neo-Latin. • 5th Biennial Conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies, University of Manchester, July 9-11th, 2012.

  • Pulcherrima Mundi Machina: Natural science and the mountain in neo-latin literature. • SCIENTIAE: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, Vancouver, April 26-28th, 2012.

  • Les Itinera Alpina de J. J. Scheuchzer (1672-1733): L'appréciation esthétique des Alpes Suisses. • Metageitnia XXXIII, Innsbruck, January 20-21th, 2012.

  • Mountain Beauty and God's Machine in Johann Jakob Scheuchzer's Itinera Alpina (1723). • British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 41st Annual Conference, St. Hugh's College Oxford, "Landscapes and Environments", January 4-6th, 2012.

  • The Third Elegy of Laurent Le Brun’s (S.J.) Franciad: Difficultas Itinerum in Silvis Canadensibus, The Difficulties of Expression in the Canadian Forest. • Meeting of the Classical Association of the Canadian West (CACW), University of Calgary, March 11-12th, 2011.



University of Innsbruck - Institut für Sprachen und Literaturen - Gräzistik und Latinistik:

  • Neulateinische Literatur: Mountains in Neo-Latin Literature (WS 2012/2013, LV-Nr. 641116, VU)

For the course material and further information please visit:

  • Neulateinische Lektüre: The New World in Latin: Canada in the Franciados Libri II (1639) of Laurent Le Brun S.J./ Die Neue Welt auf Latein: Kanada in den Franciados Libri II (1639) von Laurent Le Brun S.J. (WS 2015/2016, LV-Nr. 641119, VU)

For the course material and further information, please visit: http://neolatin.lbg.ac.at/neue-welt-latein-kanada-den-franciados-libri-i...

  • Rezeption: Die bukolische Tradition und ihre Rezeption von Theokrit bis Pope (SS 2017, LV-Nr. 641113 VU/2)

For the course material and further information, please visit: http://neolatin.lbg.ac.at/reception-bukolische-tradition