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Armeno-Latin Intellectual Exchange in the Fourteenth Century

Scholarly Traditions in Conversation and Competition

Sergio La Porta

This essay examines the scholarly interaction and competition between the Armenian and Latin intellectual traditions in the fourteenth century. During the course of the century, Franciscan and Dominican missionaries successfully converted a number of Armenians to Roman Catholicism. In order to do so, they brought a significant number of texts that were translated into Armenian. The Aristotelian focus of the Dominican tradition in particular constituted a central factor in the intellectual appeal of the library that accompanied the missionaries as well as in the conversion of Armenians to Roman Catholicism. The popularity of the texts and the movement towards union with Rome stimulated both a reaction and a reformation in the Armenian Apostolic monastic schools. While Armenian Apostolic monastic teachers labored stridently against their fellow Armenian converts, they also adapted and incorporated Latin exegetical, philosophical, and organizational traditions into the Armenian monastic school system.


Sergio la Porta

Edited by Shulman

This book examines the seemingly universal notion of a grammatical cosmos. Individual essays discuss how many of the great civilizations provide cognitive maps that emerge from a metaphysical linguistics in which sounds, syllables and other signs form the constructive elements of reality. The essays address cross-cultural issues such as: Why does grammar serve as a template in these cultures? How are such templates culturally contoured? To what end are they applied — i.e., what can one do with grammar — , and how does it work upon the world? The book is divided into three sections that deal with the metaphysics of linguistic creation; practices of encoding and decoding as a means of deciphering reality; and language in the widest sense as a medium for self- and cultural transformation. Contributors include: Jan Assman, Sara Sviri, Michael Stone, M. Finkelberg, Yigal Bronner, Martin Kern, Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Dan Martin, Jonathan Garb, Tom Hunter, David Shulman, and Sergio La Porta.