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    PANEL 5 - Saturday 29 March

    Thomas More II:

    "Intertextual Connections"

    Jeffrey S. Lehman - Hillsdale College, USA

    "On the Political Tales of Plato's Critias and More's Hythlodaeus"

                                               Abstract of Jeffrey Lehman's paper

    This essay compares the political tales related in two of the greatest pieces of utopian literature: the myth of Atlantis, told by Critias in Plato’s Timaeus and Critias; and the tale of Utopia, related by Raphael Hythlodaeus in Thomas More’s Utopia.  Attending to literary aspects of these tales and their tellers, we gain valuable insight into the political philosophy embodied in their respective accounts of utopian regimes.  While the discussion focuses principally on Plato and Thomas More, other utopian texts are considered.  Along the way, attention is drawn to some of the perennial themes in utopian literature.

    Ana Cláudia Romano Ribeiro
    - University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

    "Intertextual Connections between Thomas More's Utopia and Cicero's De finibus bonorum et malorum (45 BC)"

                                Abstract of Ana Claudia Ribeiro's paper

    In his study about the “sources, parallels and influences” of More’s Utopia, Edward Surtz points out that “the most evident influences are classical”. He later noted that in the composition of this fiction, Plato and Plutarch are as essential as Cicero and Seneca, these philosophers being “the source for the tenets and arguments of the two schools discussed by the Utopians, the Epicurean and the Stoic. Cicero’s De finibus is of special interest here, but detailed studies of Ciceronian and Senecan influences have still to be made.” From 1965 until today, we haven’t found a specific study on this problem in the bibliography about Utopia and classical Latin literature. In this paper, through intertextual analyses, especially in those discussed by Gian Biagio Conte and Alessandro Barchiesi, we will examine some of the connections that link More’s libellus to De finibus.

    Concepción Cabrillana
     - University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    "An Intertextual trip: from More's Epigrams to Utopia"

    (NB. Due to technical problems, the video does not show the whole of the paper. See the abstract below - and find an expanded article by the author in the June 2014 Moreana issue)

                         Abstract of Concepción Cabrillana's paper

    Despite controversial interpretations still existing about More’s expressing (some of) his own opinions in Utopia, the comparison of it with the content of several of his epigrams allows finding certain similarities regarding to the possible political and ethical thought of the author. The paper will show these similarities from the analysis of the lexicon used by More in both works. The particular use of concepts such as princeps, tyrannus, rex-regnum, respublica, ciuis, populus, bellum-pax and other words may be shown as an accurate interpretation key.

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