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Course, academic year 2022/2023
The Reception and Use of the Ancient Authors in the Medieval Thought - AGLV00052
Title: The Reception and Use of the Ancient Authors in the Medieval Thought
Guaranteed by: Institute for Greek and Latin Studies (21-URLS)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2020
Semester: summer
Points: 0
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: you can enroll for the course repeatedly
course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
can be fulfilled in the future
Guarantor: Luciano Micali, Ph.D.
Class: A – Mezioborová nabídka VP: Literatura
A – Mezioborová nabídka VP: Filosofie, náboženství
Exchange - 09.2 General and Comparative Literature
Exchange - 09.4 Translation, Interpretation
Exchange - 09.5 Classical Philology
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Last update: Luciano Micali, Ph.D. (24.01.2020)
Through the mediation of the Arabic culture, many new texts of the ancient Greek philosophers reached Europe in the XII century and changed forever the Western culture. Read and used in their Latin translations, these works (in particular an important amount of new Aristotelian texts) were used in the medieval intellectual speculation, serving as logical foundations or philosophical authorities to be constantly quoted, in order to support or contrast philosophical or theological argumentations. In the course, we will analyze some of the most important strategies that the medieval thinkers adopted for absorbing and using these ancient texts. We will also see how these texts were transmitted or were the object of anthologies (florilegia). Attention will also be given to the study of how
Christian medie-val thinkers often “forced” the texts of Plato and Aristotle with tendentious translations and interpretations, in order to make them more acceptable and nearer to the Christian dogmas. The course is meant as interdisciplinary and is open to all those who are interested in the medieval culture, in particular philosophers, philologists, historians, theologians and experts of cultural studies.

Course completion requirements
Last update: Luciano Micali, Ph.D. (20.01.2020)

Regular and active attendance. Preparation of the primary and secondary literature before each lesson. Final oral exam of ca. 20 minutes (dates of the sessions to be defined).

Last update: Eva Zezulková (17.12.2019)

The primary sources will be read in the English translations, with some references to the original Latin and Greek texts. Course materials (primary and secondary literature) will be provided in PDF format by the teacher. Language of the course: English.

Last update: Luciano Micali, Ph.D. (06.02.2020)

General part 

18.02.Introduction to the course and general informations about requirements and exams. Historical introduction to the theme

25.02. Notions about the medieval Scholastic Philosophy and the literary genres of the medieval University. Examples of summae, commentaria and tractatus from medieval authors.

03.03. The concept of auctoritas and its use in the medieval Scholasticism.


Reception of Aristotle

10.03. Latin Medieval translations of Aristotle’s works. Reading of examples

17.03. The Auctoritates Aristotelis: history and structure of a fundamental medieval florilegium. Reading of the introduction.

24.03. Reading of other passages from the Auctoritates Aristotelis, in particular belonging to Metaphysica and De anima

31.03. Medieval commentaries of Aristotle’s works. Reading of examples from Averroes, Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure 

07.04. Aristotle as a philosophical support to theology. The use of Aristotle’s categories in the treatises of Heymericus de Campo (1395-1460). Reading of selected passages from Heymericus’ Millelogicon.


Reception of Plato

14.04. Medieval platonism: an overview

21.04. Timaeus and its medieval reception. 

28.04. Jean Gerson and his criticism to Plato and the Platonici. Reading of selected passages 


Reception of Augustine

05.05. Confessiones 

12.05. De doctrina christiana in the scholastic thought

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