The Worlds of Knowledge and the Classical Tradition in the Early Modern Age

A journal devoted to early modern scholarship has been founded and is flourishing.2 At the same time, a series of remarkable studies by scholars from Europe, the US, and Britain have expanded hugely our knowledge of early modern ...

Author: Dmitri Levitin

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004462335

Category: History

Page: 456

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This volume is the first to adopt systematically a comparative approach to the role of ancient texts and traditions in early modern scholarship, science, medicine, and theology. It offers a new method for understanding early modern knowledge.

The Mishnaic Moment

Crise de la Conscience Européenne , or Trans - Confessional Emulation , in The Worlds of Knowledge and the Classical Tradition in the Early Modern Age , ed . Dmitri Levitin and Ian Maclean ( Leiden : Brill , 2021 ) , 366-434 , at 368–70 ...

Author: Piet van Boxel

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192654311

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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This collection of essays treats a topic that has scarcely been approached in the literature on Hebrew and Hebraism in the early modern period. In the seventeenth century, Christians, especially Protestants, studied the Mishnah alongside a host of Jewish commentaries in order to reconstruct Jewish culture, history, and ritual, shedding new light on the world of the Old and New Testaments. Their work was also inextricably dependent upon the vigorous Mishnaic studies of early modern Jewish communities. Both traditions, in a sense, culminated in the monumental production in six volumes of an edition and Latin translation of the Mishnah published by Guilielmus Surenhusius in Amsterdam between 1698 and 1703. Surenhusius gathered up more than a century's worth of Mishnaic studies by scholars from England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden, as well as the commentaries of Maimonides and Obadiah of Bertinoro (c. 1455-c.1515), but this edition was also born out of the unique milieu of Amsterdam at the end of the seventeenth century, a place which offered possibilities for cross-cultural interactions between Jews and Christians. With Surenhusius's great volumes as an end point, the essays presented here discuss for the first time the multiple ways in which the canonical text of Jewish law, the Mishnah (c.200 CE), was studied by a variety of scholars, both Jewish and Christian, in early modern Europe. They tell the story of how the Mishnah generated an encounter between different cultures, faiths, and confessions that would prove to be enduringly influential for centuries to come.

The Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution

The Worlds of Knowledge and the Classical Tradition in the Early Modern Age: Comparative Approaches, Leiden: Brill, pp. 217–274. Maglo, Koffi 2003. “The Reception of Newton's Gravitational Theory by Huygens, Varignon, and Maupertuis: ...

Author: David Marshall Miller


ISBN: 9781108420303

Category: Philosophy

Page: 560

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A collection of cutting-edge scholarship on the close interaction of philosophy with science at the birth of the modern age.

Sir Gawain and the Classical Tradition

Clearly magic played a significant role in the evolution of theology, politics, culture, and individual morality from the classical period through to the early modern world, which must be accounted for when one analyzes texts which ...

Author: E.L. Risden

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476634326

Category: History

Page: 223

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The 14th century English alliterative poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is admired for its morally complex plot and brilliant poetics. A chivalric romance placed in an Arthurian setting, it has since received acclaim for its commentary regarding important socio-political and religious concerns. The poem’s technical brilliance blends psychological depth and vivid language to produce an effect widely considered superior to any other work of the time. Although the poem is a combination of English alliterative meter, romanticism, and a wide-ranging knowledge of Celtic lore, continental materials and Latin classics, the extent to which Classical antecedents affected or directed the poem is a point of continued controversy among literary scholars. This collection of essays by scholars of diverse interests addresses this puzzling and fascinating question. The introduction provides an expansive background for the topic, and subsequent essays explore the extent to which classical Greek, Roman, Arabic, Christian and Celtic influences are revealed in the poem's opening and closing allusions, themes, and composition. Essays discuss the way in which the anonymous author of Sir Gawain employs figural echoes of classical materials, cultural memoirs of past British tradition, and romantic re-textualizations of Trojan and British literature. It is argued that Sir Gawain may be understood as an Aeneas, Achilles, or Odysseus figure, while the British situation in the 14th century may be understood as analogous to that of ancient Troy.

Transformations of the Classics via Early Modern Commentaries

Commentaries and the Management of Knowledge in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period (1300–1700), Supplementa Humanis- tica Lovaniensia XXXIII (Leuven: ... The Classical Tradition (Cambridge, MA – London: 2010) 225–233.

Author: Karl A. E.. Enenkel

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004260788

Category: History

Page: 440

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Early modern commentaries on the classics shaped not only school and university education, but cultural life in the broadest sense, including politics, religion, health care, geographical discoveries, and even segments of life seemingly far removed from scholarship, such as warfare and engineering.

Framing the World

mapping in the early modern period, but they too paid little attention to the wider corpus of classical authors.11 Until the quincentennial of Columbus's first transatlantic voyage, the influence of the classics on sixteenth-century ...

Author: Margaret Small

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781783275205

Category: History

Page: 263

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A timely examination of the ways in which sixteenth-century understandings of the world were framed by classical theory.

Rome and the Maronites in the Renaissance and Reformation

The Formation of Religious Identity in the Early Modern Mediterranean Sam Kennerley ... how agents in the peripheries of the Catholic world struggled to preserve this trust into the early sixteenth century, when everything changed.

Author: Sam Kennerley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000455816

Category: History

Page: 176

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Rome and the Maronites in the Renaissance and Reformation provides the first in-depth study of contacts between Rome and the Maronites during the fifteenth and sixteenth century. This book begins by showing how the church unions agreed at the Council of Ferrara-Florence (1438-1445) led Catholics to endow an immense amount of trust in the orthodoxy of Christians from the east. Taking the Maronites of Mount Lebanon as its focus, it then analyses how agents in the peripheries of the Catholic world struggled to preserve this trust into the early sixteenth century, when everything changed. On one hand, this study finds that suspicion of Christians in Europe generated by the Reformation soon led Catholics to doubt the past and present fidelity of the Maronites and other Christian peoples of the Middle East and Africa. On the other, it highlights how the expansion of the Ottoman Empire caused many Maronites to seek closer integration into Catholic religious and military goals in the eastern Mediterranean. By drawing on previously unstudied sources to explore both Maronite as well as Roman perspectives, this book integrates eastern Christianity into the history of the Reformation, while re-evaluating the history of contact between Rome and the Christian east in the early modern period. It is essential reading for scholars and students of early modern Europe, as well as those interested in the Reformation, religious history, and the history of Catholic Orientalism.

Gardens Knowledge and the Sciences in the Early Modern Period

portraying, cataloguing and, in the end, understanding the natural world and its historia. This phenomenon, which was born out of the long process of the rediscovery and revision of the classical authorities achieved by humanist culture ...

Author: Hubertus Fischer

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 9783319263427

Category: Mathematics

Page: 374

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This volume focuses on the outstanding contributions made by botany and the mathematical sciences to the genesis and development of early modern garden art and garden culture. The many facets of the mathematical sciences and botany point to the increasingly “scientific” approach that was being adopted in and applied to garden art and garden culture in the early modern period. This development was deeply embedded in the philosophical, religious, political, cultural and social contexts, running parallel to the beginning of processes of scientization so characteristic for modern European history. This volume strikingly shows how these various developments are intertwined in gardens for various purposes.

The Classical Tradition

commitment to an ever-growing 'pyramid of knowledge', all on the premise that 'knowledge' (in Bacon's celebrated dictum) ... Early-modern polyhistors made way for specialized assemblers and assessors of evidence and, beyond the textual ...

Author: Michael Silk

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405155502

Category: History

Page: 536

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The Classical Tradition: Art, Literature, Thought presents an authoritative, coherent and wide-ranging guide to the afterlife of Greco-Roman antiquity in later Western cultures and a ground-breaking reinterpretation of large aspects of Western culture as a whole from a classical perspective. Features a unique combination of chronological range, cultural scope, coherent argument, and unified analysis Written in a lively, engaging, and elegant manner Presents an innovative overview of the afterlife of antiquity Crosses disciplinary boundaries to make new sense of a rich variety of material, rarely brought together Fully illustrated with a mix of color and black & white images

Neo Latin Commentaries and the Management of Knowledge in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period 1400 1700

However, in reality these changes were not incorporated as immediately and univocally as this example suggests. If we compare Vadianus with other early modern Fig. 13. An illustration of the ancient world view in. nos hanc incolere.

Author: Karl Enenkel


ISBN: 9789058679369

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 523

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This book sheds light on the various ways in which classical authors and the Bible were commented on by neo-Latin writers between 1400 and 1700.