Simon Smets

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Simon Smets read Classics at Ghent University, where he finished his BA with a dissertation on Marsilio Ficino’s letters under the supervision of Professor Wim Verbaal. He moved to University College London to be enrolled in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA. There, he complemented his literary background with a more historical approach to the Italian Renaissance and he took part in an editing course. This resulted in an MA thesis on again Ficino’s letters, which was supervised by Professor Gesine Manuwald. Smets’ main interests lie in humanist epistolary literature and Quattrocento literary culture in general. In February 2019, Smets came to the LBI in order to work with Dr Anna Chisena and Professor Florian Schaffenrath on the FWF funded edition of Basinio Basini’s epic poem Hesperis, for which he will provide the English translation and contribute to the commentary. From September onwards, he will start a part-time PhD in the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL.