Troy in Medieval Imagination: Transmission of Texts and Dissemination of Manuscripts in Latin

In the series of AMS forskermøder the lecture is held by N. Kivilcim Yavuz, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoc at the Arnamagnaean Institute.

The presentation starts at 12:15. Bring your lunch and we will provide coffee and tea from 12:00. All interested are welcome.


The historicity of the story of Troy – its date, its location, the peoples involved, and its war with the Greeks – is still subject to debate by modern scholars. Yet, not only did the story of the Trojan War provide some of the most important literary motifs for ancient Greek and Roman culture, it also played a role in the genesis of the nations of medieval Europe.

The paper will discuss the depiction of the story of Troy by considering medieval manuscript compilations that include one or more narratives associated with Troy. It will especially focus on three late antique accounts in Latin which were exceptionally influential during the Middle Ages: the De excidio Troiae historia attributed to Dares of Phrygia, the Ephemeridos belli Troiani attributed to Dictys of Crete and the anonymous Excidium Troie.

The paper will also outline the conceptual framework behind Kıvılcım’s current project at the Arnamagnaean Institute entitled the "Transtextual Networks in the European Middle Ages: A Digital Corpus of the Trojan Narrative in Latin Manuscripts."