Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

“Messages from the Stars: On Translating Galileo's Italian”

A public lecture organized in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Dublino, and Trinity College Dublin to mark the 450th anniversary of Galileo's birth.

In 1610 Galileo published an account of his astronomical observations with the newly invented telescope, in a short book entitled Sidereus nuncius (‘message from the stars’). Written in Latin, the international language of scholarship, the book was an immediate best-seller and established Galileo’s reputation in the forefront of European thinkers. On the strength if its success Galileo obtained an appointment as ‘philosopher and mathematician’ to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, resigning his university chair in Padua and thereafter writing all his significant scientific works in Italian. Mark Davie’s presentation will examine Galileo’s reasons for abandoning Latin in favour of the vernacular, the qualities he aimed to cultivate in his Italian writing and the challenges his prose presents to a translator into modern English. Mark Davie has taught Italian in the universities of Liverpool and Exeter and has published on a range of Italian authors, mainly in the period from Dante to the Renaissance. He is particularly interested in the relations between Italian and Latin, and between vernacular and humanistic culture, in the Renaissance. He is the translator, with William R. Shea, of Galileo’s Selected Writings (Oxford World’s Classics, 2012).

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 6pm-7pm
Location: Boole Lecture Theatre 2, UCC
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Mark Chu
021 490 2335/2486

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