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Dr Lena Wahlgren-Smith 

Lecturer in Classical and Medieval Studies

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I studied history and Classics at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and completed my doctoral thesis in Latin at the Classics department of Gothenburg University in 1993. My teaching here at Southampton includes Latin and Greek language modules; I have also regularly taken part in the teaching of English modules on Classical and Medieval literature. As a member of the History department, I will be offering modules on Ancient Greek culture, such as the second-year module Myth and the Ancient World. I am also able to offer Latin-related research support to colleagues and postgraduate students.


Research interests

My interests are in the field of Latin literature and include Medieval letter-collections, extra-liturgical poetry, travel literature, and neo-Latin memorial inscriptions. I was employed for several years as a research assistant on the international Cantum pulcriorem invenire project, and am still working on some aspects of medieval conductus music arising from this. I am also part of the Hakluyt Editorial Project, which is contracted to publish a critical edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation (second edition, 1598-1600). Currently, my main research interest is in the field of neo-Latin epigraphy.

My edition of the letter collections of Nicholas of Clairvaux, secretary to St Bernard of Clairvaux, is in press. I have finished draft editions of the Mongolian travel tales of Johannes de Planocarpini and William Rubruyk for the Hakluyt Editorial Project and am preparing a book chapter on Hakluyt’s use of his Latin sources.

I have recently started a new project, Latin in the Landscape, recording and analysing late medieval and neo-Latin memorial inscriptions in Hampshire. This project aims to involve local communities in engaging with memorial records. It will include a website with photographs, transcriptions and translations of Latin inscriptions, with historical and literary commentary to be supplied partly by crowd-sourcing. A prototype of the website can be viewed here



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