The ‘classical’ author imagined by medieval readers
How did medieval readers understand and imagine the classical authors?
John Trevisa and Medieval Information, with Emily Steiner
Many medieval people were hugely invested in finding ways to organize and share what they knew about the world, including one influential translator from England. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Emily Steiner about John Trevisa and how his work on medieval compendia influenced history.
Why do people write, read and share texts that are connected to famous authorities but probably not written by them?
Book production and circulation from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
Three episodes will lead us from the Classical Age to Late Antiquity, and then to the Middle Ages, illustrating the powers that can steer the success of a literary piece, and, sometimes, determine its fate.
“From what is earthly to what is divine”: The Story of Caritas Pirckheimer, Renaissance Woman
An abbess fighting for her nuns, a scholar of humanism, and a historian of the Franciscans.
Aristotle and the Medieval University: The Birth of a New Book Format
This paper focuses on manuscripts with Latin copies of Aristotle’s works produced for educational purposes between c. 1100 and c. 1300.
Medieval Studies and STEM
Here are 15 ways that medieval studies and STEM are working together.
The Revolution in Writing Styles during the Renaissance
Just as we have our faces, we each should have own writing style – this was the lesson that two leading Renaissance thinkers, Erasmus and Montaigne, gave to their contemporaries in 16th century Europe.
Scholars, Teachers and Students in Early Medieval Europe: Towards a Total Network
This talk, part of a larger project, is concerned with intellectuals (scholars, teachers and their students) active in the late eighth through ninth centuries, a period usually referred to as the Carolingian Renaissance.
The Influence of Humanist Culture on Sephardi Scholars Active in Medieval Italy
This talk will set the context by introducing three generations of the Iberian Shohams, a late 14th-mid-15th century Sephardic family moving from Sicily to Apulia and Calabria.
The case for a West Saxon minuscule
Julian Brown’s famous analysis of what he termed the Insular system of scripts marked out a number of routes, now well trodden, through the debris of undated and unlocalized manuscript material from the pre-Viking-Age British Isles.
Looking to the future of medieval archaeology
A symposium entitled ‘Looking to the Future’ was held as part of the Society for Medieval Archaeology’s 50th anniversary to reflect upon current and forthcoming issues facing the discipline. The discussion was wide-ranging, and is summarized here under the topics of the research potential of development-led fieldwork, the accessibility of grey literature, research frameworks for medieval archaeology, the intellectual health of the discipline, and relevance and outreach.
Lay Religion and Pastoral Care in Thirteenth Century England: the Evidence of a Group of Short Confession Manuals
This poses a question: where did these engaged laypeople come from, and when? There is some evidence that suggests they should be pushed back to the thirteenth century.
Francesco Filelfo at the court of Milan (1439-1481)
Milan was the city where Filelfo spent half his life, where he wrote almost all his works and where he left a deep imprint in the development of humanistic culture.
A Late Byzantine Swan Song: Maximos Neamonites and His Letters
Maximos Neamonites’ epistulae depict their author as a schoolmaster of primary education active in the second and the third decades of the fourteenth-century Constantinople (fl.1315–1325), true to generic conventions (and the realities of life), eking out a meager income on the basis of his teaching activities, and occasionally lifting his pen to interfere on behalf of others.
Jewish Collaborators in Alfonso’s Scientific Work
What is remarkable about the Jewish translators whose work was sponsored by Alfonso, following an already old tradition of Jewish translation activity, was their concentration almost exclusively on scientific literature and their significant contribution to the development of the Spanish language.
St. Isidore and mediaeval science
Did Isidore appear foolish to his contemporaries and immediate mediaeval successors, or is his foolishness a more recent discovery?
The Contemplation of God in Medieval Literature
Is there a link between seeking God and reading and writing literature? Is literature a help or an obstacle in seeking God?
The Impact of Islamic Civilization and Culture in Europe During the Crusades
Though the Europeans were trying to understand the Muslim community by establishing Islam and Orientalism studies and even teaching Arabic and Persian in their universities, why Muslims did not stepped towards understanding west in the same manner?
Where to Live the Philosophical Life in the Sixth Century? Damascius, Simplicius, and the Return from Persia
When establishing an endpoint for the classical philosophical tradition in the Greco-Roman world, scholars often choose the closing of the Athenian Neoplatonic school by the emperor Justinian in 529.
Marsilio Ficino: Magnus of the Renaissance, Shaper of Leaders
This article describes the life and work of Marsilio Ficino, a philosopher and leader of 15th century Florence who helped spark the Renaissance and the relevance of his ideas for the challenges we face today.
Libraries and Book Culture of the Byzantine Empire
The Byzantine Empire supported literary life at a time when many other parts of the western world were in a state of literary darkness.
The Neglect of the Ancient Classics at the Early Medieval Universities
Until recently it was customary to dismiss the subject by dwelling upon the utter barrenness of classical, as well as of all other lay learning in the Middle Ages, and thus intimate that nothing better could have been expected from the work at the universities. Today no competent scholar would pronounce such a verdict. The term “Twelfth Century Renaissance” is becoming a familiar phrase, and is finding its way into hand-books and text-books.
Categories of medieval doxography: reflections on the use of “doctrina” and “via” in 14th and 15th century philosophical and theological sources
Browsing through late-medieval sources, such as commentaries on Peter Lombard or Aristotle, collections of disputations or university statutes, the reader frequently comes across the terms ‘doctrina’ and ‘via’.
Of Our Own Nation: John Wallis’s Account of Mathematical Learning in Medieval England
In A treatise of algebra both historical and practical, John Wallis wrote the ﬁrst survey of the state of mathematical learning in medieval England, and discussed with particular care the arrival and signiﬁcance of the Hindu–Arabic numeral system