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Dr David Lines

David Lines Profile PhotoReader in Italian Studies

Director of Research, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Tel: +44 (0) 2476 523250
Email: D dot A dot Lines at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Dr Lines is a specialist in Renaissance philosophy and intellectual history. Many of his publications have focused on the legacy of Aristotelianism (particularly moral and natural philosophy) in Latin and the vernacular in Italy. His interests, however, reach across Europe, particularly to France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Low Countries. He focuses on Renaissance universities (especially Bologna) and their configuration of knowledge and learning; commentaries and translations; ethics and politics; cultural polemics; and the history of libraries (particularly that of Ulisse Aldrovandi). In any of these areas he is able to offer supervision to suitably qualified candidates. He is currently completing a monograph on the changing configuration of the disciplines in the University of Bologna and its Faculty of Arts and Medicine between 1405 and the 1730s. His most recent book publication is, together with Alessio Cotugno, the catalogue of an exhibition on Aristotelianism in Venice.

Dr Lines has received fellowships from, among others, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Villa I Tatti in Florence (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies). He has been the Principal Investigator for an AHRC standard grant on Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy and for a Leverhulme International Network on Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries. He leads the Warwick portion of an ERC starting grant on Aristotelianism in the Italian Vernacular and has recruited several research fellows (including Marie Curie fellows) to Warwick. He serves as the Renaissance Society of America's discipline representative for Philosophy and is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Renaissance Quarterly.

He is also interested in various local outreach initiatives outside the University. These include the Kenilworth Community Course, which he founded (in 2012) and runs. See here.

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Research interests

Dr Lines is interested in all aspects of European thought and learning from around 1250 to around 1750. He has particular expertise in the following:

  • The classical tradition (Aristotelianism and ancient thought more generally) in Renaissance Europe: interactions of Greek, Latin, and the vernacular
  • Renaissance philosophy and intellectual history, especially ethics, politics, and natural philosophy and the cultural polemics of humanism and scholasticism
  • Institutions of culture and learning (particularly universities), with special focus on Bologna and Italy more generally
  • Libraries and history of the book (particularly the library of Ulisse Aldrovandi)

Teaching and supervision


I have served as both internal examiner and as external assessor for PhD dissertations at Warwick as well as in Spain and the US.

PhD students currently supervised

Gloria Moorman, Renaissance Studies: ‘Broadening Horizons through Books: Town Atlases in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’ (co-supervised with Ingrid De Smet, French Studies).

Rebecca Carnevali, Renaissance Studies: ‘Cheap Print in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Bologna’ (co-supervised with Rosa Salzberg, History).

Past PhD students supervised

Gabriella Addivinola, Italian: ‘The Apophatic Tradition in Alan of Lille and Dante: Logic, Theology and Poetry from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Centuries’ (co-supervised with Simon Gilson, Italian; completed in February 2014).

Rocco Di Dio, Renaissance Studies: 'Marsilio Ficino's Notebooks' (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Maude Vanhaelen, Italian/Classics). Completed in 2015.

Giacomo Comiati, Italian: ‘Horace in the Italian Renaissance’ (co-supervised with Simon Gilson, Italian). Completed in 2016. Presently Research Fellow at the University of Warwick in an AHRC project on Petrarch commentaries in the Renaissance.

Martina Piperno, Italian, on Leopardi's classicism and contacts with the thought of Giambattista Vico (co-supervised with Fabio Camilletti, Italian). Completed in 2016. Presently IAS Fellow at Warwick.

Sara Miglietti, Renaissance Studies, ‘Mastering the Climate: Theories of Climatic Influence in the Early Colonial Age’ (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Ingrid De Smet, French Studies). Completed in 2016. Presently Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Greg Wells, Italian/History: ‘John Hall’s Little Book of Cures (ca. 1630–1635): A Critical Edition’ (project co-supervised with Claudia Stein, History). Completed in 2016.

Leila Zammar, Renaissance Studies: ‘Scenography at the Barberini Court in Rome: 1628–1656’ (co-supervised with Margaret Shewring, Theatre Studies). Completed in 2017.

Administrative roles

  • Research Director, Italian Studies and School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Library Representative, Italian Studies

Selected publications

  • Aristotle’s ‘Ethics’ in the Italian Renaissance (ca. 1300–1650): The Universities and the Problem of Moral Education (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002; Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 13), 614 pp.
  • (co-ed. with Sabrina Ebbersmeyer) Rethinking Virtue, Reforming Society: New Directions in Renaissance Ethics, c. 1350–c. 1650 (Turnout: Brepols, 2013; series Cursor Mundi, 3); further details available here
  • (co-ed. with Eugenio Refini) "Aristotele fatto volgare". Tradizione aristotelica e cultura volgare nel Rinascimento (Pisa: ETS, 2015); further details available here
  • (co-ed. with Marc Laureys and Jill Kraye) Forms of Conflict and Rivalries in Renaissance Europe (Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2015); further details available here
  • ‘Reorganizing the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning in the University of Bologna, c. 1560–c. 1590’. History of Universities, 26.2 (2012), 1–59
  • ‘Papal Power and University Control in Early Modern Italy: Bologna and Gregory XIII’, The Sixteenth Century Journal, 44.3 (Fall 2013), 663–82
  • ’Beyond Latin in Renaissance Philosophy: A Plea for New Critical Perspectives', Intellectual History Review (2015); see here
  • Eugenio Refini, with the collaboration of David A. Lines, Simon Gilson and Jill Kraye: Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy: A Database of Works (first published 1 May 2012)

Professional associations

  • Renaissance Society of America; Society for Italian Studies
  • Member, editorial board, for journals Renaissance Quarterly, Mediaevalia et Humanistica, and Annali di storia delle università italiane
  • Board member of two book series published by Brepols: Cursor Mundi and Studies in the Faculty of Arts: History and Influence (SFIHA)


  • BA (Bryan College, Tenn., 1987)
  • MA (English, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1991)
  • AM, PhD (History, Harvard University, 1997)

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