The Thirteenth International Congress of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies is arranged by the IANLS and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Ministry of the National Cultural Heritage and with the universities of Szeged and Debrecen. The congress will take place 6–12 August 2006 in Budapest, Hungary. It will start in Budapest with registration on Sunday evening (6 August) and will formally close with the banquet on Friday evening (11 August), with an excursion to Szeged on the following day.


The theme of the Congress will be "Varietas gentium – Communis Latinitas'' (Népek sokfélesége - latinitás közössége). Papers on this theme (in Latin, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) or on other aspects of Neo-Latin studies are welcome. Abstracts between 150 words minimum and 200 words in length should be submitted to Prof. Dr. L. Szörényi. Abstracts sent by e-mail ( are preferred, but submissions sent through the post (MTA Irodalomtudományi Intézet, H – 1118 Budapest, Ménesi út 11–13) or by fax (00-36-1- 3853876), are also accepted. E-mail and faxes must arrive no later than 31 March 2005. Abstracts sent by post must bear a date stamp of no later than 31 March 2005. Abstracts sent after that date will not be accepted. Only papers dealing with Neo-Latin subjects will be considered. Forms for abstracts may be downloaded from the web site of IANLS (, from the web site of the Congress (, or obtained from the Organizing Commitee (Dr. Gyula Mayer, MTA Irodalomtudományi Intézet, H – 1118 Budapest, Ménesi út 11–13) or from the secretary of IANLS, Prof. Dr. Marianne Pade, Københavns Universitet, Institute for Greek and Latin, Njalsgade 80, DK-2300 Copenhagen, Denmark. You will also find a copy enclosed with this letter. The Executive Commitee will make a decision on accepting papers and the Organizing Commitee will inform the proposers by 15 October, 2005.

The Organizing Committee will also welcome proposals for special sessions. Such sessions can focus either on the special theme of the congress or on any subject relating to Neo-Latin studies. Each session, however, must have a clearly stated theme. Proposers are responsible for organizing their sessions. The deadline for detailed proposals is also 31 March 2005. Forms for proposals for special sessions may be obtained in the same way as the forms for abstracts. Scholars are advised that the delivery time for each paper must not exceed 20 minutes. Furthermore, papers delivered at an international congress should be read slowly and clearly in order to be intelligible to an international audience. Scholars giving papers or organizing sessions must be paid-up members of the IANLS. Those interested in submitting papers or proposing sessions who are not IANLS members should contact the secretary and/or the national treasurers (addresses given below) to apply for membership (see also under How to join the IANLS).


The subscription for the triennium 2003-2006 will be 35 Euro or the equivalent. In order to reduce bank charges, the IANLS has local treasurers in various countries. Local treasurers in countries using other currencies than Euros will fix the appropriate rate. Members should take care that the Association receives the full amount and that their subscription is not diminished by bank charges. If at all possible, payment should be made by postal giro or cheque. A reduced subscription (of 50%) applies to students still taking courses, to those who are in the first five years of their institutional appointments, as well to those who are retired from their institutional appointments after having been members of the IANLS for a three-year-period, provided that they do not themselves hold an institutional appointment. Institutes and libraries may subscribe to the IANLS at a subscription rate set by the Business Meeting in Bologna (1979), that is, at twice the normal subscription; they will have the right to send a delegate to each congress. Affiliated associations may be represented at the congresses without association fees through the subscriptions of individual IANLS members belonging to their associations. All members who want to be in good standing are requested to send their subscription for 2003-2006 as soon as possible to the appropriate treasurer. Cheques should be made payable to the appropriate treasurer by name. Please indicate if a receipt is desired. The treasurers are as follows:

For all other countries not mentioned below:

Jan Papy

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Seminarium Philologiae Humanisticae

Blijde-Inkomststraat 21

B-3000 Leuven



postal giro acc. no. 000-3149547-54


Brenda Hosington


Université de Montréal

Canada C.P. 6128

Succ. Centre-ville

Montreal (Québec)

H3C 3J7


Ann Hutchinson

51 Lowther Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M5R 1C5

(Acc. no. 2017229 La Banque de Nouvelle-Ecosse, 5180, Chemin de la

Cotes-des-Neiges, Montreal, Quebec H3T 1X8)


Colette Nativel

17 rue Pavée

F-75004 Paris




Johann Ramminger

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae

Marstallplatz 8

D-80539 München

Sparda-Bank München (BLZ 700 905 00)

Kontonummer 10 10 52 268


D. Defilippis

Dipartimento di Italianistica

Universitá degli Studi

Palazzo Ateneo

Piazza Umberto 1

I-70121 Bari



Elena Rodriguez Peregrina

Universidad de Granada

Dept. Latin

c/Santa Rita 4, 4 C



Cuenta : Caja General de Ahorros de

Granada. Urbana 7, Camino de Ronda, Granada.

Nr. c/c 007.0100494629

Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

Alejandro Coroleu

University of Nottingham

Dept of Hispanic Studies

University Park

GB-Nottingham NG7 2RD

Fax : ++44/115/951 5814


Natwest Bank, Nottingham University,

University of Nottingham, University Park,

Nottingham NG7 2AG.

Account No. 71559140

Sorting Code 601549.

United States:

Craig Kallendorf

Dept. of English

Texas A&M University

College Station

Texas 77 843-4227


fax: (409) 862-2292.

Members from Italy, the United States and France should contact D. Defilippis, Craig Kallendorf, and

Colette Nativel for further details.


At the business meeting at at Bonn (7 August 2003), the Advisory Board was approved with the

following members:

Ingrid De Smet

László Havas

Heinz Hofmann

Antonio Iurilli

Craig Kallendorf

Johann Ramminger

Elena Rodriguez Peregrina

Reija Sarasti-Wilenius


Budapest, lying on both banks of the Danube, was united from the cities of Buda, Pest and Óbuda (ancient Buda) in 1873. Óbuda's origins can be traced back to the Celtic Ak Ink (meaning 'spring rich in water' – Budapest is still famous for its spas!), from which the Roman name of the city is derived: Aquincum. The town was founded in the first century A.D. by the Roman legions which had occupied the region they called Pannonia, and which is today's Western part of Hungary. Only ruins remain of the monumental buildings of the military settlement and the civilian town: an amphitheatre, a small Mithras temple and public baths. In the early fifth century the Roman defence lines were swept away by the Great Migration: Goths, Huns, Gepids, Longobards, Avars, Franks and Moravians occupied the region till the arrival of Hungarian tribes (896). The Hungarian royal seat was moved to Buda in the thirteenth century. A Western European type of urban and bourgeois development began in Pest, which had a mixed German-Hungarian population in the thirteenth century. The ruling of King Sigismund I (1387–1437) and King Mathias I (1458–1490) brought wealth and cultural richness to the city. Humanist literature and science flourished at the court of King Mathias around the famous Corvinian Library, and then in the time of Vladislas II, cultivated by numerous Hungarian poets and Italian, German and Czech wandering humanists. After the battle of Mohács (1526) and the fall of the castle (1541) to the Turks, Buda ceased to be the centre of the Kingdom of Hungary. The city started to revive only after the liberation from the Osman rule (1686). The Latin literacy was brought back by the settling of Jesuit, Piarist, Franciscan and other orders, and the moving of the University from Nagyszombat to Buda (1772). This second golden age of Neolatin culture was ended only by the reform regulations in 1844, which made Hungarian the official language of the country instead of Latin. Now Budapest, having approximately 2.000.000 inhabitants, is the largest city in East Central Europe.


Szeged lies on Hungary's south-eastern border, just south of the mouth of the Maros River, on both banks of the river Tisza. Szeged is the main city of Csongrád county and serves as a commercial and cultural center of the region. It is the forth biggest city in Hungary, home to around 160 thousand people. Aside from local residence, the city also takes in about 15,000 students, who all attend the University of Szeged. The city of Szeged existed even during the time of the Roman Empire, where its strategic location was perfect for guard post settlement to guard the gold and salt shipments coming from Dacia. A couple of years before 1274 the settlement advanced to city rank, and become the cultural and economic center of the region. Szeged played an important role during the fifteenth century in the campaigns lead against the advancing Turkish armies. The Franciscan church of Alsóváros (in the southern part of the medieval city) was the unique centre of catholic culture under the Turkish domination. 1879 was the most dramatic date in the city's history, but it was also the start of the rebirth of Szeged. The flood water of the river Tisza broke through the dams protecting the residence and virtually washed the entire city away. Only 5 % of the buildings remained standing! The news of the disaster spread throughout Europe. Concerts and fund raisers where held all over the continent to help rebuild Szeged. With the financial help of Vienna, London, Brussels, Paris, Rome and Berlin a new modern city was built with an exemplary layout of avenues and boulevards, with a strikingly homogenous architecture that preserves the Eclecticism and Art Nouveau of the turn of the century. Thus its present layout of wide streets, incorporating a network of three rings with avenues crossing them, gives the city its fairly modern and organized appearance. The major avenues were named after the contributing cities, and later a monument was erected in memory of the Great Flood. Szeged offers an experience unequal to any visitor of the city. Its sights, like the Romanic-style tower of St. Demetrius of the medieval parish church, the Gothic-style Franciscan church and convent, the Baroque Minorite church, the Votive church, the Synagogue, the Hero's Arch, the Ferenc Móra Museum all give such a distinct character to the city, that it is safe to say: Szeged is the gem of the Great Plains. The renovated shops, cafés and beautiful buildings of the Karasz street give it a Mediterranean feel.


The Benedictine monastery on Saint Martin's Hill (Pannonhalma) was established by Géza, chieftain of Hungary in 996. King Stephen provided a special priviledge for the monastery. The hill was named after Saint Martin of Tours since the tradition regarded the neighbouring Pannonian village, Sabaria as the saint's birthplace. The monastery's archival collection has been enriched from the establishment up to the present day continuously, this collection is one of the most important sources of the medieval and modern Hungarian history. The library's first extant inventory dates back to the eleventh century, but unfortunately a considerable part of the material was demolished during the centuries. The present collection, however, preserves several incunabula and Humanist editions from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as well. Here must be mentioned, inter alia, the Paintner-collection of Jesuit origin which contains unedited Neolatin-manuscripts. The present building of the monastery was built in Baroque and Classicist style, but the church still preserves the medieval and Renaissance traces of the monastery. Among the art-collections not only the treasury but the cabinet of paintings and statues is of high value as well. In the lapidarium can be visited the collection of Antique Roman and Italian and also local fragments. Beside the monastery a botanical garden is situated. For further information visit