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 17 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 include 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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Biographical Note
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).
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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