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The Impact of Learning Greek, Hebrew and 'Oriental' Languages on Scholarship, Science, and Society in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance - 13-14-15/12/2017, Leuven (Belgium)



This year’s LECTIO conference will seize the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Leuven Collegium Trilingue as an incentive both to examine the general context in which such polyglot institutes emerged and—more generally—to assess the overall impact of Greek and Hebrew education. Our focus is not exclusively on the 16th century, as we also welcome papers dealing with the status and functions accorded to Greek, Hebrew, and other ‘Oriental’ languages in the (later) Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period up to 1750. Special attention will be directed to the learning and teaching practices and to the general impact the study of these languages exerted on scholarship, science and society.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 13-14-15/12/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe (Irish College) (Leuven, Belgium)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Seminar für Klassische Philologie; Dr. Diego De Brasi

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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: inscripción online / registration online / registrazione online




Wednesday 13 December 2017  | Conference day 1 | University Hall


15.00 - 16.00 Registration & Welcome coffee


17.00 - 18.00

Academic Session | Promotiezaal University Hall 01.46 | Naamsestraat 22 Leuven

Opening of the Conference by Luk Draye | Chairman of Steering Committee of Lectio

Speech by Bart Raymaekers | Vice Rector of KU Leuven

Keynote Lecture by Saverio Campanini (Bologna), Hebrew Students and Teachers Across Borders in the Renaissance | Chair – Pierre Van Hecke


18.00 - 19:30 Reception | Jubileumzaal University Hall 


Thursday 14 December 2017 | Conference day 2 | Irish College


Session 1: Jewish Studies in Medieval Times | Chair – Christophe Geudens


09.00 - 09.30

Abraham Melamed (Haifa), Hebrew As the Original Philosophic Language in the Writings of Medieval Jewish Scholars


09.30 - 10.00

Ayelet Wenger (Oxford), Hints of Greek and Latin Scholarship in a Medieval Rabbinic Dictionary


10.00 - 10.30

Vito Andrea Mariggiò (Salento), The Maḥbarot of ‘Immanu’el of Rome and the Classical Tradition


10.30  - 11.00 Coffee


Session 2: Trilingualism and Education | Chair – Xander Feys


11.00 - 11.30

Elia Borza (Louvain-la-Neuve), Deux exemples de cours universitaires de grec: Chalcondylas et Musuros


11.30 - 12.00

Raf Van Rooy (Leuven), In Rutger Rescius’ Classroom at the Leuven Collegium Trilingue: his Study Program and Didactic Method


12.00 - 12.30

Natasha Constantinidou (Nicosia), Publishing for the College de France: Gerard Morrhy and Chrestien Wechel (c. 1530-1550)


12.30 - 13.30 Lunch


Session 3: Trilingualism and Sciences | Chair – Yannick Anné


13.30 - 14.00

Nicola Carpentieri (Mansfield, Connecticut) & Isaac Lampurlanés Farré (Barcelona), Between Philology and Medical Theory: Avicenna, Ibn al-Quff and Gerard of Cremona on Phrenitis


14.00 - 14.30

Sara Fani (Firenze/Copenhagen), The Theoretic and Linguistic Approach to the 16th-Century Arabic Edition of Avicenna’s Works


14.30 - 15.00

Laurent Waelkens (Leuven), Du juriste Reuchlin au linguiste Érasme: la consolidation de la culture gréco-romaine


15.00 - 15.30 Coffee


Session 4: Conrad Gessner and the Study of Greek | Chair – Raf Van Rooy


15.30 - 16.00

Mikhail Sergeev (St. Petersburg), The Importance of Greek for Conrad Gessner


16.00 - 16.30

Grigory Vorobyev (St. Petersburg/Münster), Conrad Gessner as a Reader of Aristotle: Greek Words in the Early Modern Zoological Nomenclature


17.00 - 18.00

Academic Session | Mercierzaal University Library 

Keynote Lecture by Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (Paris), Greek Studies in Western Europe: Acme of Medieval Culture or Dawn of Modern Times? | Chair – Toon Van Hal


18.00 - 19.30

Visit of the Exhibition ‘Erasmus’ Dream. The Leuven Collegium Trilingue 1517-2017’ | University Library


20.00 Conference Dinner


Friday 15 December 2017 | Conference day 3 | Irish College


Session 5: Greek Studies in Protestant Germany | Chair – Wim François


09.30 - 10.00

Ralph Keen (Chicago), Melanchthon as Advocate of Trilingual Humanism: Imitation and Exhortation


10.00 - 10.30

Cressida Ryan (Oxford), Greek Tragedy, the New Testament and the German Reformation


10.30 - 11.00  Coffee


Session 6: Trilingualism in Northern and Eastern Europe | Chair – Luigi-Alberto Sanchi


11.00 - 11.30

Xander Feys (Leuven), Reading Virgil through Homer: The Role of the Greek Language in Petrus Nannius’ Classes


11.30 - 12.00

Tomas Veteikis (Vilnius), Ὡς οἷόν τε περὶ ταῦτα διαπονητέον: Importance of Mastering Greek as Expressed in the Handwritten Greek Oration from 16th-Century Lithuania


12.00 - 12.30

Janika Päll & Anu Põldsam (Tartu), Trilingual Poems in the Collegia of the Swedish Empire in the 17th Century


12.30 - 13.30  Lunch


Session 7: ‘Oriental’ Languages: Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic | Chair – Andy Peetermans


13.30 - 14.00

Wim François (Leuven), The Burning of the Talmud in Rome (1553) and the Interventions of Andreas Masius


14.00 - 14.30

Margherita Farina (Paris), Maronite Grammars Reconsidered: Syriac Studies and the Development of Renaissance European Linguistics


14.30 - 15.00

Katarzyna Starczewska (Madrid), Nec quidquam feliciter sit quod accuratione cum Alcorano certare queat: Latin Translations of the Qur’ān as Teaching Material for Arabic Learners in 16th- and 17th-Century Europe


15.00 - 15.30  Coffee


15.30 - 16.00  Plenary discussion & concluding remarks



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