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Syllabus

Ghirlandaio

Autumn Term

  1. Week 1: Introduction
  2. Week 2: What are 'Reception Studies' and the 'History of the Classical Tradition'?
  3. Week 3: The end of Antiquity: strategies of survival in an anti-pagan world (Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy)
  4. Week 4: From Byzantium to Italy: the translatio of the Classical heritage in the Middle Ages (Petrarch and Dante)
  5. Week 5: Concordia discors: When humanists seek to reconcile paganism and Christianity (Bessarion and Ficino)
  6. Week 6: Reading Week
  7. Week 7: Classics, Magic and Astrology
  8. Week 8: Appropriating Ancient Rome: The Pope as Julius Caesar and the Capitol renewed
  9. Week 9: Reinventing Antiquity: The Laocoon and the Pantheon
  10. Week 10: Interpreting Ancient Culture: Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-68) and Aby Warburg (1866-1929)
***Please note: Lecture notes can be used for exam preparation but are by no means exhaustive. Please refer to your own notes on lectures, seminar discussions and and close reading of texts for the exam***

Spring Term
  1. Week 1: Pagans and Christians in late antiquity: the case of medicine
  2. Week 2: Christian asceticism and the perils of monastic life: Evagrius Ponticus on acedia or despondency
  3. Week 3: Love melancholy and society from Aretaeus of Cappadocia to Jacques Ferrand
  4. Week 4: Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) and the classical heritage
  5. Week 5: Health and the body in a Christian world: astrology, medicine and religion
  6. Week 6: Reading Week-No class
  7. Week 7: Hippocrates and Galen in 16th-century Europe: books, art, and architecture
  8. Week 8: Renaissance descriptions and depictions of the human body: Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1543) and Galen
  9. Week 9: Vampires and cannibals: the dark side of medicine, from antiquity to early modern times
  10. Week 10: Modern medical ethics and Hippocratic deontology

Summer Term

Revision session