On 24 March, Pierre Laurens, French scholar of Latin literature, visiting Milan to present his book Histoire critique de la littérature latine in the Sala delle Colonne of the Museo del Duomo, asked to see the ancient documents of the archives and the editions of books printed in the 16th century held in the Library such as De Architectura, a Latin treatise written by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, printed in 1550.
Laurens presented the Library of the Archives with a copy of his book, recently published by the prestigious publishing house, Les Belles Lettres (2014).
During the conference held for the presentation of the book, one of a series of conferences held by the Cathedral School in the fascinating setting of the Sala delle Colonne of the Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano, the author explained the meaning of this new “critical” interpretation of the history of Latin literature.
The classics through history: how certain authors became known, were discovered or rehabilitated over time by critics, historians, poets and novelists. Indeed the book's subtitle is From Virgil to Huysmans: the judgements on the beribboned shepherds in the Aeneid given by Des Esseintes, the personage invented by Huysmans, in fact set a trend for a generation.
A literature, therefore, to be “reread” through the judgement of men and the inevitable influences of history.