March 28, 2012

Database Launch

University of Warwick, Wolfson Research Exchange (University Library, 3rd floor) - May 1st, 12am-2pm

The AHRC project 'Vernacular Aristotelianism in the Italian Renaissance' (2010-13) will be launching the first substantial output of its research programme on Tuesday, 1 May of this year at the University of Warwick. This will be a splendid opportunity to see the results of 18 months' work in Italian and foreign libraries, culminating in the first electronic census of Italian (vs. Latin) interpretations of Aristotle in the period. The database, which will be publicly available from the date of the launch, includes both manuscript and printed works that translated, commented on, or otherwise interpreted the works of Aristotle for a broad public from around 1400 to around 1650. The census is based on a direct inspection of the relevant works and allows a first appraisal of the variety and breadth of interest by the Italian-reading public in the works of Aristotle, whose thought continued to form the backbone of Renaissance learning until at least 1650.


The launch will take place from 12:00 to 2:00 in the Wolfson Research Exchange of Warwick's Library. In addition to a light lunch, it will include presentations by members of the research team (David Lines, Simon Gilson, Jill Kraye, Eugenio Refini, and Grace Allen) and a demonstration of how the database may be used to yield the most useful information. As space is limited, those intending to participate should RSVP as soon as possible to Jayne Brown, administrator of Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, at

March 27, 2012

VernaculAristotle : the Blog

Aristotle 1577

Our new blog linked to the AHRC funded project "Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy", based at the University of Warwick / Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, aims to stimulate a critical discussion on the main topic of the research as well as on related subjects. Remarks, questions and comments on the materials available on our website are welcome.

Through the blog we would like to improve exchanges among scholars, students and other websurfers interested in issues of translation as well as - more broadly speaking - reception of the classical culture within the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

What's more, the blog will be a convenient platform to deal with feedback in regards to our database of Aristotelian works whose first version will be available online as of May 1st 2012!

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