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William M. Barton

William studied Greek and Latin in Britain and Canada before gaining his PhD in Classics (specialization early modern Latin literature) from King’s College, London in 2015. William’s research interests include the representation of the natural environment in early modern literature, late-antique poetry, the place of Latin in the history of science and medical humanism, as well as the use of Ancient Greek by writers in the early modern period.

In the LBI’s current Science research line (2018–ongoing), William has most recently produced a critical edition, with translation and commentary, of Pascasius Justus Turcq’s early medical treatise on problem gambling, the De alea (1561).

William’s interests in Ancient Greek production beginning with the Renaissance focusses principally on authors active in Austria, Spain, Germany and England.

For further information or inquiries about the monographs and studies strand of the Bloomsbury Neo-Latin Series (BNLS), please email William at the address above, or visit the series’ website: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/series/bloomsbury-neolatin-series-early-modern-texts-and-anthologies/

ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0270-0153

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=xyaQsMwAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao



  • Pascasius Justus Turcq. On Gambling. A Critical Edition. (Ghent: LYSA, 2022). ISBN: 978–9464447668 (doi: doi.org/10.54179/2201)
  • The Pervigilium Veneris: A New Critical Text, Translation and Commentary. (London, Oxford: Bloomsbury, 2018). ISBN: 978–1350040540.
  • Mountain Aesthetics in Early Modern Latin Literature. (London: Routledge, 2016). ISBN: 978–1138228641.


  • ‘Greek and Latin poetry on sixteenth-century questions of faith: poetry from Cambridge’s theological faculty’ in: Manuwald, G. and Nicholas, L. (eds) An Anthology of Neo-Latin in British Universities. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 141–159.
  • ‘Humanist Greek in Austria’, in Pontani, F. and Weise, S. (eds) The Hellenizing Muse: A European Anthology of Poetry in Ancient Greek from the Renaissance to the Present. Trends in Classics – Pathways of Reception 6 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2021), pp. 684–717. [with Bauer, M. M. and Korenjak, M.] (doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110652758-016).
  • ‘Beavers as the Bees of New France: The Beaver’s ‘Allegorical Turn’ in Father François Du Creux’s Historia Canadensis’, in Feile Tomes, M., Goldwyn, A. J. and Duquès, M. (eds) Brill’s Companion to Classics in the Early Americas (Leiden, New York: Brill, 2021): 366–397 [co-authored with Mailloux, J.-N.] (https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004468658_015).
  • ‘Neo-Latin Literature in 2019’, The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies, (YWMLS) 81 (2021): 13–38 [co-authored with Marsico, C., Schaffenrath, F., Subaric, L. and Walser-Bürgler, I.] (doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/22224297-08101003).
  • ‘‘Car la terre ici n’est telle qu’un fol l’estime’: Landscape Description as an Interpretative Tool in Two Early Modern Poems on New France’, in Enenkel, K. and Melion, W. (eds) Hermeneutics of Landscape. (Leiden, New York: Brill, 2021): 261–287 (https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004440401_010).
  • ‘Pietro Bizzarri’s Greek Epigram to Elizabeth I: New Evidence for Text, Context and Authorship from ÖNB cod. phil. gr. 299’, Lias: Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources 47.1 (2020): 1–15 [co-authored with M. M. Bauer] (https://doi.org/10.2143/LIAS.47.1.3289048).
  • ‘Singing the Science of Sound: Literary Engagement with Natural Philosophy in the Act and Tripos Verse of Oxford and Cambridge’, in: Friedenthal, M., Marti, H. and Seidel, R. (eds) Early Modern Disputations and Dissertations in an Interdisciplinary and European Context. (Leiden, New York: Brill, 2020): 164–187 (https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004436206_007).
  • ‘The Pleasures of the Hills: Conrad Gessner, Descriptio montis Fracti’, in: Hadas, D., Manuwald, M. and Nicholas, L. (eds) An Anthology of European Neo-Latin Literature. (London: Bloomsbury, 2020): 147–160 (10.5040/9781350157323.ch-009).
  • ‘Introduction’, in: Hadas, D., Manuwald, M. and Nicholas, L. (eds) An Anthology of European Neo-Latin Literature. (London: Bloomsbury, 2020): 1–24 [co-authored with L. Nicholas] (10.5040/9781350157323.0005).
  • ‘Neo-Latin Literature in 2018’, The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS) 80 (2020): 3–25 [co-authored with C. Marsico, F. Schaffenrath, L. Subaric and I. Walser (LBI)] ( https://doi.org/10.1163/22224297-08001003).
  • ‘The Beauty and Horror of the Mountains: Thomas Burnet, Telluris theoria sacra, I.1.9’, in: Manuwald, M., Houghton, L. B. T. and Nicholas, L. (eds) An Anthology of British Neo-Latin Literature.(London: Bloomsbury, 2020): 237–250 (10.5040/9781350098930.ch-015).
  • ‘Adam Franz Kollár’s Χάριτες (1756): Theocritean Praise of Maria Theresa in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Vienna’, in: Weise, S. and Beron, A.–M. (eds) Hyblaea Avena. Theokrit in römischer Kaiserzeit und Früher Neuzeit. Palingenesia 122. (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2020): 175–193.
  • ‘Pastoral and the Italian Landscape in the Latin Poetry of the Ventennio Fascista, in: Lamers, H., Reitz-Joosse, B. and Sanzotta, V. (eds) Studies in the Latin Literature and Epigraphy of Italian Fascism. Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia 46. (Leuven: Leuven University Press 2020): 77–104 (10.2307/j.ctvmd83vq.8).
  • ‘The Georgics off the Canadian Coast: Marc Lescarbot’s A-dieu à la Nouvelle-France (1609) and the Virgilian Tradition’, in: Freer, N. and Xinyue, B. (eds) Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil’s Georgics, (London: Bloomsbury 2019): 155–163 (10.5040/9781350070547.ch-011).
  • ‘Neo-Latin Literature in 2017’, The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS) 79 (2019): 5–17 [co-authored with C. Marsico, F. Schaffenrath, L. Subaric and I. Walser (LBI)] (https://doi.org/10.1163/22224297-07901002).
  • ‘Neo-Latin Literature in 2016’, in: Dunphy, G., Scott, P. and Wharton, S. (eds) The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS) 78 (2018): 1–17 [co-authored with C. Marsico, F. Schaffenrath, L. Subaric and I. Walser (LBI)] (https://doi.org/10.1163/22224297-07801002).
  • ‘Gessner, Conrad’, in: Sgarbi, M. (ed), Encylopaedia of Renaissance Philosophy. (New York, NY: Springer 2018): 1097–1099 (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1097-1).
  • ‘Between Ἑλλάς and Ελλάδα: Patrick Leigh Fermor, the Classical Tradition and Greece’, The Philhellene 10 (2018): 10–15.
  • ‘Neo-Latin Literature in 2015’, in: Dunphy, G., Scott, P. and Wharton, S. (eds) The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS) 77 (2017): 5–14 [co-authored with C. Marsico, F. Schaffenrath, L. Subaric and I. Walser (LBI)] (https://doi.org/10.1163/22224297-07701002).
  • ‘Der Landschaftsbegriff in der neulateinischen Literatur’, in: Korenjak, M. and Rollinger, R (eds) Die Entdeckungen der Landschaft. (Vienna, Cologne, Weimar: Böhlau, 2017): 251–271.
  • ‘Aldrovandi, Ulisse’, in: Sgarbi, M. (ed) Encylopedia of Renaissance Philosophy. (New York, NY: Springer 2016): 890–892 (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_890-1).
  • ‘Latin and Vernacular Translation in Early Modern Natural Philosophical Literature: A Case Study from Monte Baldo’, Scientia Poetica 20 (2016): 24–40 (doi.org/10.1515/scipo-2016-0103).
  • ‘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 (Johns Hopkins University)] (10.2143/LIAS.42.2.3141804).
  • ‘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.

Book Reviews

  • Marcelo Epstein and Ruth Spivak (eds.), The Latin of Science. Mundelein, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 2019. 395 pp. ISBN 9780865168602, in Neo-Latin News 68 3&4 (2020): 176–180: https://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/191392.
  • Hans-Christian Günther, Zwei Liebesgedichte vom Ausgang der lateinischen Antike: Ausonius’ Bissula und das Pervigilium Veneris. Studia Classica et Mediaevalia, 15. Nordhausen: Verlag Traugott Bautz, 2017. Pp. 95. ISBN 9783959482622, in Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 71/72 (2018/2019): pp. 24–26 (https://doi.org/10.25651/3.4555861).
  • P. J. Goodman (ed.), Afterlives of Augustus, AD 14–2014, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, xvi + 418 pp., ISBN: 978-1-108-42368-7, in International Journal of the Classical Tradition (2019): (https://doi.org/10.1007/s12138-019-00525-3).
  • S. Weise (ed.) HELLENISTI! Altgriechisch als Literatursprache im neuzeitlichen Europa. (Palingenesia Band 107). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2017. 389 pp. ISBN 978-3-515-11622-0, in Anzeiger für die Altertumswissenschaft 70 (1/2) (2017): pp. 118–123.
  • 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): 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): 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.


  • Trilingual Verse Composition: Latin, Greek, and Spanish in the Poetry of Vicente Mariner • RSA Annual Meeting 2022, Dublin, Ireland, 30th March 2022.
  • ‘Later Neo-Greek, and the ‘secret diary’ of 19th-century Hellenist Charles-Benoît Hase’ • Warburg Institute Workshop – ‘Neo-Greek’ literature, Waburg Institute, London (online), 11th March 2022.
  • ‘A Symbol for Natural World: The Mountain in Early Modern Oxford’s Act Verse’, RSA Annual Meeting 2021 (online) 22nd April 2021.
  • ‘Oxford’s Act Verse and Jeremiah Horrocks’ Cosmology’, Eloquentia Academica workshop, (online) 9th September 2020.
  • ‘The “Baroque” in Laurent Le Brun’s Franciad (1638)’, Society for Neo-Latin Studies Colloquium, The Warburg Institute, London, 6th February 2020.
  • ‘The Mountain as a Symbol of the Natural World in Early Modern Oxford’s Lenten Verse’ • London Renaissance Seminar, Birkbeck College, London, 7th September 2019.
  • ‘Marc Lescarbot and the Representation of the Canadian Natural Landscape in Early Modern Literary Discourse’ • International Society of Cultural History (ISCH) Annual Conference, Tallinn, 26th–29th June 2019.
  • ‘The Mountain at Nature’s Peak: Natural-theology and the usus montium in Early Modern Oxford’s Act Verse’ • Gli antichi e la montagna, Trento, 2nd–4th May 2019.
  • ‘“Car la terre ici n’est telle qu’un fol l’estime”: Landscape Description as an Interpretative Tool in Early Modern Literature on New France’ • 2019 Lovis Corinth Colloquium IX Landscape and the Visual Hermeneutics of Place, 1500–1700, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 21st–23rd March 2019.
  • ‘Adam František Kollár’s Χάριτες εἰδύλλον (Vienna, 1756): Theocritean Praise of Maria Theresa and her Educational Developments’ • Hyblaea Avena: Theokritrezeption in der griechischen und lateinischen Literaturen der römischen Kaiserzeit und der frühen Neuzeit, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, 15th–16th November 2018.
  • Neo-Ancient Greek Poetry in Austria • The Hellenizing Muse: Neualtgriechische Gedichte, Ca’ Foscari, Venice, 30th–31st August 2018.
  • ‘Science in the University Dissertation: “Grey Literature” and the reception of scientific knowledge in the Early Modern German University. A Case Study’ • International Association of Neo-Latin Studies, Albacete, Spain, 30th July–4th August 2018.
  • Reading the Delitiae Poetarum Germanorum at a Distance: Latin Poetry and Politics in 17th Century Germany • Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, 19th–22nd April 2018.
  • Public Performance of Knowledge: The Reception and Representation of Early Modern Science in Contemporary University Dissertations • Classical Association Annual Meeting, University of Leicester, 6th–9th April 2018.
  • 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.


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)
  • 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)
  • Rezeption: Die bukolische Tradition und ihre Rezeption von Theokrit bis Pope (SS 2017, LV-Nr. 641113 VU/2)
  • Vertiefung Antike Literature: Die Idyllen Theokrits: Sprache und Literatur (SS 2018, LV-Nr. 641116 VU/2
  • Griechische Lektüre I Prosa (SS 2018, LV-Nr. 641119 UE/2)
  • Neulateinische Literatur: Einführung und Überblick (SS 2019, LV 641118 VU)
  • Rezeption: Altgriechische Literatur der Frühen Neuzeit (Neualtgriechische Literatur) (SS2021, LV 605107)