Conference: The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Erasmus and the Northern Renaissance

Friday 15 Mar 2024, 10:00 - 17:45
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Erasmus University Rotterdam, Polak Building 1-21
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Join us on the 15th of March for an one-day conference on the reception of the Classics in Erasmus and the Northern Renaissance at Erasmus University Rotterdam, hosted by the Erasmus of Rotterdam Research Centre (ERRC) of the Erasmus School of Philosophy of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

The conference aims to revitalize the dialogue on various aspects (philological, historical, cultural, conceptual) of the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in the rich and diverse oeuvre of Erasmus of Rotterdam and other prominent humanists of the Northern Renaissance.

Session 1 lays out the broader picture of the reception of the Classics in Renaissance Humanism by discussing some of its most controversial and oft debated aspects (methodological, cultural, ideological). Session 2 investigates how a wide circle of humanists, including Erasmus, incorporated and reworked a variety of elements from classical antiquity in their oeuvre (ranging from the formal/linguistic to the conceptual and the thematic), and the cultural tendencies or tensions such practices reflect. Session 3 zooms in on particular writings of Erasmus and their versatile dialogue with emblematic classical authors (such as Homer, Plutarch, and Lucian) and trends of thought; an examination that sheds fresh light on the interpretation of both the ancient works in question and Erasmus’ broader outlook and contribution.

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