Work in Progress Seminar: 'Northern Renaissances: 'Reforming the Classics in Wittenberg and Beyond'

Work in Progress Seminar: 'Northern Renaissances: 'Reforming the Classics in Wittenberg and Beyond'
Date
2 December 2020, 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Type
Seminar
Venue
ONLINE
Description

Micha Lazarus (Frances A. Yates Long-Term Fellow): 'Northern Renaissances: Reforming the Classics in Wittenberg and Beyond'

What did the Reformation make of the classics? The relationship between Christian and pagan thought in the sixteenth century has often been seen, through the lens of Renaissance Italy, as oppositional: what classicists call "Christianisation" and theologians have on occasion called heresy. I will spend this year at the Warburg working on a corpus of Reformation texts that instead attests productive and collegial relations between these two systems of thought which were, in reality, a single culture. First I'll be expanding my research into Philip Melanchthon's lectures at Wittenberg, where Greek tragedy was placed at the centre of Reformation ethics, theology, and politics. I'll then turn to a broader set of Reformation dramatic materials and libri annotati that illustrate the unexplored scope and mediating influence of the classics in the North.

The Work in Progress seminar explores the variety of subjects studied and researched at the Warburg Institute. Papers are given by invited international scholars, research fellows studying at the Institute, and third-year PhD students. 

FREE VIA ZOOM. Please book by 5.00pm on Tuesday 1 December to be sent a link to the session.


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