Download PDF by Asaph Ben-Tov: Lutheran humanists and Greek antiquity: Melanchthonian

By Asaph Ben-Tov

ISBN-10: 9004179658

ISBN-13: 9789004179653

The textual monuments of Greco-Roman antiquity, as is celebrated, have been a staple of Europe's expert periods because the Renaissance. That the Reformation ushered in a brand new figuring out of human destiny and heritage is both a regular of contemporary scholarship. the current research probes attitudes in the direction of Greek antiquity through of a bunch of Lutheran humanists. targeting Philipp Melanchthon, a number of of his colleagues and scholars, and a broader Melanchthonian milieu, a Lutheran figuring out of Pagan and Christian Greek antiquity is traced in its 16th century context, positing it in the framework of Protestant common background, pedagogical matters, and the newly made acquaintance with Byzantine texts and post-Byzantine Greeks - demonstrating the necessity to historicize Antiquity itself in Renaissance experiences and past.

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In other words, the term ‘Classical antiquity’ has become laden with meaning and a semantic field alien to Lutheran humanists (and arguably to most—if not all—Northern humanists). Its use in studies of Melanchthon and his milieu is portentously misleading. It is therefore that the term is deliberately avoided here. In this sense, Greek antiquity may serve here as a test case for the kind of historical conception of antiquity and the authority it carried for Lutheran scholars engaged in humanistic studies and pedagogy, but to do so we must put aside later ideas about an aesthetic harmony and stylistic purity which pervade our modern understanding of the civilisation of ancient Greece.

493–6. 4 These biographical details, which vary considerably from accounts of Carion in older studies, especially vis à vis Wittenberg and the Reformation, are taken from the detailed study by Stefan Benning: “Johannes Carion aus Bietigheim: eine biographische Skizze” in Himmelszeichen und Erdenwege: Johannes Carion (1499–1537) und Sebastian Hornmold (1500–1581) in ihrer Zeit (Ubstadt-Weiher, 2000), pp. 193–202. 5 Chronica durch Magistrum Johan Carion/vleissig zusamen gezogen/meniglich nützlich zu lesen (Wittenberg, 1532).

CR xii, 717–21. De Quatuor Summis Imperiis libri tres (Strasbourg, 1556). 22 Wegele, Geschichte der deutschen Historiographie, p. 211. 23 Jean Bodin, Methodus ad facilem Historiarum Cognitionem (1566) in P. ) Oeuvres Philosophiques de Jean Bodin, (Corpus Général des Philosophes Français, V, 3) (Paris, 1951), pp. 116bf. g. the Palatine Bible scholiasts of 1579) deprived the Holy Roman Empire of this too, and posited the Seleucids as the Fourth Monarchy. In Reformed circles the book of Daniel gave room to the Apocalypse.

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