Arabica Veritas. Mapping Knowledge Cross-Pollination in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Burnett, Charles y Mantas, Pedro (Eds.)2014. ISBN: 978-84-616-9744-1: 292 pp.; 24.5x17.
The first volume of this series includes most of the papers and three recent articles presented at the International Seminar Transfer of Knowledge in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, held in the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Cordoba, as an opening academic activity of the CNERU.
The new Arabica Veritasseries recalls the idea of the new or renovated knowledge that the Arabs bring to the Medieval Latin world. Arabica Veritas concerns the transmission of knowledge from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, a philosophical, scientific and cultural exchange that compels Latin scholars to investigate – through translation and interpretation – philosophical and scientific works written or transmitted in Arabic.
The devising of an emblem was usually one of the first activities of an Italian academy, and those produced were much used in title-pages, medals, and prints related to the academies. The lack of an index has long proved a stumbling-block for students of emblems, and to those attempting to identify prints or drawings which frequently do not include the name of the academy. This booklet provides an index to the emblems cited by Maylender, with some corrections, and some supplementary material from other sources. It covers both the mottoes and the figures, so that it may be used for identifying preliminary drawings or early unlettered states of prints.
This volume contains the papers given in seminars between 28 February and 16 May 1986 in London. Scholars with an interest in legal history, but working in different areas of the Ancient World – Egypt, Babylonia, Palestine, the Greek East – were invited to look at the way in which the various legal systems interacted, or reacted against one another, once Alexander had imposed Greek law on the countries he had conquered. Since only a few fragments of the actual laws survive, a reconstruction of the different legal systems has to rely to a large extent on the documents which these systems produced. For this reason it seemed best to concentrate on the documents themselves, looking at them from a comparative point of view, in order to discover how the legal texts of the Hellenistic period, written in Greek, Egyptian (Demotic), Akkadian and Aramaic, deal with land-ownership, family law, testaments, temple law, laws of obligations, and the legal position of slaves. How would a man or a woman in Egypt or Babylonia of the period buy or sell land, take out a mortgage or a loan, marry or get divorced, or write a will?
This volume contains the proceedings of the conference in memory of Vittore Branca held at the Warburg Institute in October 2005. The aim of the conference was to reflect the breadth of Branca’s interests, from medieval to contemporary, and his ability to relate to scholars at all stages of their careers. Almost all the contributions given are included, as well as two additional papers.
The Decline of Hell. Seventeenth-Century Discussions of Eternal Torment. By D. P. Walker. (Routledge & Kegan Paul) 1964. Hardback 978-0226871066: £4.50; Paperback 978-0710068392: £1.50.
From the Introduction: “We are … justified in asking: why did the doctrine of hell remain almost unchallenged for so long a time, and why did it begin to lose its hold in the 17th century? In this book I shall suggest several answers to both questions. The most obvious answer to the first question is the very strong scriptural authority for the doctrine. But a more fundamental reason for the long triumph of hell was the firm and almost universal belief in its value as a deterrent in this life. It was thought that, if the fear of eternal punishment were removed, most people would behave without any moral restraint whatever and that society would collapse into an anarchical orgy… it was claimed that only criminals and debauchees could have any motive for questioning the doctrine.”
Klibansky (1905-2005), a historian of philosophy. Klibansky’s mentors included philosopher Ernst Cassirer, art historian and cultural theorist Aby Warburg, and literary scholar Friedrich Gundolf. Klibansky is recognized for pioneering work in medieval thought, the Platonic tradition, and the history of ideas more generally, (as exemplified in Saturn and Melancholy, co-authored with Erwin Panofsky and Fritz Saxl). More information on Klibansky can be found here
This essay, first published in 1957 in Fritz Saxl, 1890-1948. A Volume of Memorial Essays from his Friends in England, edited by D.J. Gordon, is reprinted in conjunction with the conference held in November 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary year of Saxl's death.
Grammar in this context means Latin grammar. Latin means not the language of Cicero and his Humanist epigones but the dialect of international discourse in pre-modern Europe. Basic means enough grammar to enable the reader to construe utilitarian prose with confidence and a dictionary. The method employed is that in use from the time of the Roman grammarian Priscian (early 16th century) until recently: parsing in a text. The text used here is "Elucidarium", ("The Elucidator") which was a a school-book, in Latin and many vernaculars, until the 16th century. It is a dialogue about God, the Church and the Last Things written by the peripatetic scholar Honorius Augustodunensis at the beginning of the 12th century: the edition published here is based on one made in the 1170s at the Augustinian convent on the Odilienberg in Alsatia. This textbook is divided into 10 parts, each containing 3 lessons. It includes a literal English translation of the Latin, an A to Z of English Grammar for readers unfamiliar with the elements of syntax and accidence, and an index of grammatical terms and a table of conjugations.