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The collection, and its celebration of the work of Matti Kilpiö, arises from the editors' experiences as young scholars coming from abroad to study at the University of Helsinki. Turning to the relationship between Anglo-Latin and the wider Latin-speaking world, Seppo Heikkinen examines the history of the fifth-foot spondee in dactylic hexameters from the earliest hexameter verse in Greek and Latin to that of Aldhelm and Bede. The investigations of the interrelation of English and Latin end, appropriately, with a contribution connecting the early period of Britain's Latin, under the Roman Empire, with eleventh-century literacy: John Blair argues that the famous Kirkdale dedication inscription is partly modelled on similar Roman inscriptions, connecting this with the romanitas of the Kirkdale church's impressively developed Romanesque style.

Keywords: Anglo-Latin; Britain's Latin; dactylic hexameters; Kirkdale; Matti Kilpiö; Roman Empire; University of Helsinki

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