Upcoming events

13 March 2018, 15:15-17:00: University of Oslo’s Classics Seminar welcomes Helen Roche (Cambridge), “Classicising Chronopolitics: Appropriating Antiquity in Mussolini’s Third Rome and Hitlers Third Reich.” All welcome!

Klassisk Seminar 13.03.2018
“This paper will consider why Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany were particularly drawn to distant, classicising models – romanità in the case of Mussolini’s “Third Rome”, and ancient Greece (particularly Sparta) in the case of Hitler’s Third Reich. By placing these two fascist regimes alongside each other and considering their seduction by antique myths in tandem, we can better appreciate the historic rootedness of this particular form of “chronopolitics” in a complex nexus of political and social causes, many of which lie far deeper than the traumatic events of the Great War and its aftermath.”


‘What Remains?’ Fascist and National Socialist Antiquities and Materialities from the Interwar to the Post-war Era. An interdisciplinary workshop of international experts, organized by Helen Roche, Flaminia Bartolini, and Tim Schmalz, and including historians of Germany and Italy, classicists, archaeologists and art historians. Date: Friday, 8 June 2018 (c. 11am-6pm). Venue: The Old Library, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. The programme can be found here: What Remains?

Past events

Conferences and workshops

Fascium decus superbum: Neo-Latin in the ventennio fascista. A conference on Neo-Latin literature of Italian Fascism, organized by Martin Korenjak, Lav Šubarić, and Valerio Sanzotta. Vinzentinum, Bressanone/Brixen, 7–8 October 2016.

Van Dux tot Duce: De Latijnse literatuur van het Italiaans fascisme. A student-organized workshop as part of the MA tutorial “Mussolini Dux: The Latin Literature of the ventennio fascista”. Leiden University, 19 December 2013.

Papers and presentations

We regularly present our results at academic venues and events. A selection of some of these appearances can be found below.

Han Lamers & Bettina Reitz-Joosse, “Mussolini und die Antike. Der lateinische Codex auf dem Mussoliniforum in Rom“. Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, January 2017.

Han Lamers & Bettina Reitz-Joosse, “Past and Future under a Fascist Obelisk: Aurelio Amatucci’s Codex fori Mussolini“. Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, October 2015.

Han Lamers & Bettina Reitz-Joosse, “Past and Future under a Fascist Obelisk: Aurelio Amatucci’s Codex fori Mussolini“. Forum Antiquum, University of Leiden, October 2015.

Han Lamers, “Latinizing Mussolini’s Message: Nicola Festa’s Latin Translation of the ‘Imperial Orations’ (1936/7).” Technical Translation; Translation Technique. Princeton University, December 2015.

Han Lamers, “A. G. Amatucci’s Codex Fori Mussolini and the Use of Latin under Italian Fascism.” The Sixteenth International Congress of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies. Vienna, August 2016.

Han Lamers & Bettina Reitz-Joosse, “Mussolini Dux: Die lateinische Literatur des ventennio fascista”. Universität Rostock, July 2014.

Bettina Reitz-Joosse, “Aurelio G. Amatucci’s Codex fori Mussolini and the prospective memory of Italian fascism”. 145th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Chicago, January 2014.