This volume goes back to a conference organized by Willemien Otten and Karla Pollmann on 'Poetry and Exegesis in Latin Poetry of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages', that was held in the splendid surroundings of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS, Wassenaar) in June 2004. The papers in this volume are a combination of a selection from the papers delivered at this conference and two new ones, by Vessey and Chiappiniello, to add to the spectrum of issues tackled.
Our warmest thanks go to the Rector of NIAS, Wim Blockmans, and his dedicated staff for providing ideal support both during the event and its preparation. Such a conference with international and interdisciplinary participants is only possible because of the generous support from various quarters. For financial support we owe gratitude to the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Fritz von ThyssenStiftung and the Leverhulme Trust, all of whose willingness to endorse this project at various stages enabled its smooth progress from inception to completion. For reliable help with the editing process our thanks go to Gerben Roest (Utrecht). Finally, we hope that the thrill we both had in working out exciting bridges between authoritative ancient and medieval texts and the creative process of their interpretation makes the resulting volume a similarly exhilarating experience for our readers.
W.O., Utrecht K.P., St. Andrews December 2006
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