Translating Ancient Greek Drama in the Early Modern Period

This is a research strand of our Translating Ancient Drama project - for more information about this click here

The ‘Translating Ancient Greek Drama in the Early Modern Period’ research strand began in 2018 with Giovanna Di Martino (UCL), Malika Bastin-Hammou (Université Grenoble Alpes), and Cécile Dudouyt (Sorbonne Paris Nord), and aims at understanding the early modern reception of ancient drama from a cross-cultural, multilingual, and transnational perspective.

Translation theory and practice in the early modern period have been at the core of a series of events held in Oxford and Paris. The first two conferences, which took place in 2018 (Translating Greek Tragedy in Early Modern Europe) and 2019 (On Translating Greek Drama in Early Modern Europe (ca. 1400-1600)), brought together researchers focussing respectively on translation practices and theories of ancient Greek drama throughout Europe between 1450 and 1600. The research outputs of these two first events will be published within the Trends in Classics series (De Gruyter) in January 2022 as a co-edited volume (Translating Greek Drama in Early Modern Europe: Theory and Practice 1450-1600) by Malika Bastin-Hammou, Giovanna Di Martino, Lucy Jackson, and Cécile Dudouyt. A third event within the series took place on 11 December 2020, and focused on translation theories and practices between 1600 and 1750 in Europe: this online conference was supported by the Université Grenoble Alpes, Paris 13, and the APGRD. 

As part of the 2019 conference ‘On Translating Greek Drama in Early Modern Europe’,  Marie-Curie fellow and dramaturg Estelle Baudou and Leventis Research Fellow Giovanna Di Martino (UCL) ran a workshop on ‘Performing Early Modern translations’, the results of which were presented at the Maison Française d’Oxford on 29 November 2019. The workshop’s participants worked on four different 16th-century translations of Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis (Iphigenia Aulidensis by Rudolph Collinus (pseud. Dorotheus Camillus) (1541), L’Iphigène by Tomas Sébillet (1549), Ifigenia by Lodovico Dolce (1551), Iphigenia at Aulis by Jane Lumley (1554)).

As part of the 2020 conference, Marie-Curie fellow and dramaturg Estelle Baudou (Oxford), Leventis Research Fellow Giovanna Di Martino (UCL), and Associate Professor Cécile Dudouyt (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord) ran two workshops, one in Paris and one in Oxford, with the following participants:Chris Mawson, Faye Lord, Simon D'Aquino, Claire Barnes, Fanny Bloc, Annaïg Briand. The workshops's participants worked on: Brumoy's Electre, Choeporoe, Œ​dipe (1730); Voltaire's Œdipe (1719) and Oreste (1750); Dryden and Lee's Oedipus (1679); Longepierre's Electre (1702); Alfieri's Oreste and Agamemnone (1783); Thomson's Agamemnon (1738).