Receptions of Hellenism in Early Modern Europe

15th-17th Centuries


This volume, edited by Natasha Constantinidou and Han Lamers, investigates modes of receiving and responding to Greeks, Greece, and Greek in early modern Europe (15th-17th centuries). The book's seventeen detailed studies illuminate the reception of Greek culture (the classical, Byzantine, and even post-Byzantine traditions), the Greek language (ancient, vernacular, and 'humanist'), as well as the people claiming, or being assigned, Greek identities during this period in different geographical and cultural contexts.
Discussing subjects as diverse as, for example, Greek studies and the Reformation, artistic interchange between Greek East and Latin West, networks of communication in the Greek diaspora, and the ramifications of Greek antiquarianism, the book aims at encouraging a more concerted debate about the role of Hellenism in early modern Europe that goes beyond disciplinary boundaries, and opening ways towards a more over-arching understanding of this multifaceted cultural phenomenon.

Contributors: Aslıhan Akışık-Karakullukçu, Michele Bacci, Malika Bastin-Hammou, Peter Bell, Michail Chatzidakis, Federica Ciccolella, Calliope Dourou, Anthony Ellis, Niccolò Fattori, Maria Luisa Napolitano, Janika Päll, Luigi-Alberto Sanchi, Niketas Siniossoglou, William Stenhouse, Paola Tomè, Raf Van Rooy, and Stefan Weise.

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Natasha Constantinidou, Ph.D. (Edinburgh) is Assistant Professor in European History (University of Cyprus). She has published on book and intellectual history, including Responses to Religious Division, c. 1580–1620 (2017) and a number of articles on sixteenth-century Greek printing.
Han Lamers (Ph.D. Leiden University, 2013) is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, and the History of Art and Ideas of the University of Oslo (Norway). His publications include Greece Reinvented: Transformations of Byzantine Hellenism in Renaissance Italy (2015).
Receptions of Hellenism in Early Modern Europe: 15th–17th Centuries is an engaging and wide-ranging volume for both historians and classicists, detailing with a diverse range of Greek receptions in this important period.” - Harriet Lander, University of Nottingham, in: Journal of British Studies, Vol. 60, No. 1 (January 2021), pp. 181–183

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Introduction: Receptions of Hellenism in Early Modern Europe
Natasha Constantinidou and Han Lamers

Part 1: Access and Dissemination

Part 2: Learning, Teaching, and Printing Greek

1 Aldus Manutius and the Learning of Greek: the Aldine Appendix
Paola Tomè (†)

2 From a Thirsty Desert to the Rise of the Collège de France: Greek Studies in Paris, c.1490–1540
Luigi-Alberto Sanchi

3 Teaching Greek with Aristophanes in the French Renaissance, 1528–1549
Malika Bastin-Hammou

4 A Professor at Work: Hadrianus Amerotius (1490–1560) and the Study of Greek in Sixteenth-Century Louvain
Raf Van Rooy

5 Greek History in the Early-Modern Classroom: Lectures on Herodotus by Johannes Rosa and School Notes by Jacques Bongars (Jena, 1568)
Anthony Ellis

Part 3: Migration, Exchange, and Identity

Cultural Encounters and Exchanges between ‘Greek East’ and ‘Latin West’

6 From “Bounteous Flux of Matter” to Hellenic City: Late Byzantine Representations of Constantinople and the Western Audience
Aslihan Akişik-Karakullukçu

7 Icons of Narratives: Greek-Venetian Artistic Interchange, Thirteenth–Fifteenth Centuries
Michele Bacci

8 Barbaric and Assimilated Hellenes: Textual and Visual Images of Greek Scholars between Lapo da Castiglionchio (c.1405–1438) and Paolo Giovio (1483–1552)
Peter Bell

9 Maximos Margounios (c.1549–1602), his Anacreontic Hymns, and the Byzantine Revival in Early Modern Germany
Federica Ciccolella

Perspectives on Greek Migrants in the West

10 Love and Exile in Michael Marullus Tarchaniota: Geographical Exile, Spiritual Homelessness
Niketas Siniossogliou

11 The Longs and Shorts of an Emergent Nation: Nikolaos Loukanes’s 1526 Iliad and the Unprosodic New Trojans
Calliope Dourou

12 From Courts to Cities: Greek Migration, Community Formation, and Networks of Mutual Assistance in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Niccolò Fattori

Appropriations and Use: Cultural & Religious

History, Archaeology, and Antiquarianism

13 The Greekness of Greek Inscriptions: Ancient Inscriptions in Early Modern Scholarship
William Stenhouse

14 Pirro Ligorio (1513–1583) and Greek Antiquity
Michail Chatzidakis

15 Ancient Coins and the Use of Greek History in Sicilia et Magna Graecia by Hubertus Goltzius (1525–1583)
Maria Luisa Napolitano

Humanist Greek and the Reformation

16 Hyperborean Flowers: Humanist Greek Around the Baltic Sea, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Janika Päll

17 “Graecia transvolavit Alpes”: the Evaluation of Humanist Greek Writing in Germany by Georg Lizel (1694–1761)
Stefan Weise

General Bibliography

All interested in the uses of Greek culture in early modern Europe, the role of Greek learning in the Renaissance and the Reformation, the history of humanism, antiquarianism, and scholarship, and anyone more broadly concerned with the classical tradition, artistic and intellectual exchange, and issues of early modern identity. Keywords: classical reception, Greek identity, antiquarianism, Greek language, Byzantine émigrés, professors of Greek, Greek learning, Greek studies, Trilingual Colleges, Renaissance Humanism, Reformation Greek, visual culture, classical tradition, maniera greca, Greek migration, Greek diaspora, cultural exchange, intellectual history, and history of scholarship.
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