Centres of Learning: Learning and Location in Pre-Modern Europe and the Near East

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Centres of Learning deals with the relation between learning and the locations in which that learning is carried out. It is the editors' belief that the character (and, in part, the content) of a particular aspect of learning is determined — or at least influenced — by the circumstances in which the learning process takes place.
The contributions in this book deal with various aspects of learning, in a broad historical and geographical perspective, which ranges from Ancient Babylon, via classical Greece and Rome, and the Middle East (both Christian and Islamic), through to the Latin and vernacular cultures of the Christian West in the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance.

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"The book is persuasive and surprisingly detailed considering its great scope."
Leonard R.N. Ashley, Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, 1995.
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Meet the Author

Jan Willem Drijvers, Ph.D. (1989) in Ancient History, University of Groningen, where he is Lecturer in Ancient History. He has published in the area of Late Antiquity, in particular on the Empress Helena (Helena Augusta, the Mother of Constantine the Great and the Legend of her Finding of the True Cross, (Brill, 1992).

Alasdair MacDonald, Ph.D. (1978) in English, University of Edinburgh, is professor of English Language and Literature of the Middle Ages, University of Groningen. He has published on various aspects of medieval English (especially Middle Scots) literature.

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Table of Contents

On the Old Babylonian Eduba Curriculum, H.L.J. Vanstiphout
Learning and Power during the Sargonid Period', M.E. Vogelzang
The Family and Other Centres of Religious Learning in Antiquity, Jan N. Bremmer
The Christian 'School' of Alexandria in the Second and Third Centuries, Roelof van den Broek
The School of Edessa: Greek Learning and Local Culture, Han J.W. Drijvers

Eastward and Westward Transmission of Classical Rhetoric, John W. Watt
'Edessa grew dim and Nisibis shone forth': The School of Nisibis at the Transition of the Sixth-Seventh Century,
G.J. Reinink
The Koran and its Exegesis: from Memorising to Learning, Fred Leemhuis
Arabic Didactic Verse, Geert Jan van Gelder
The Classification of the Sciences and the Consolidation of Philology in Classical Islam, Wolfhart

Baghdad, Bologna, and Scholasticism, George Makdisi

Old Law and New-Found Power: Hrabanus Maurus and the Old Testament, Mayke de Jong
Scientific and Spiritual Culture in Hugh of St Victor, Jan W.M. van Zwieten
Andrew of St Victor (d.1175): Scholar between Cloister and School, F.A. van Liere
Learning by Experience: Twelfth-Century Monastic Ideas, I. van 't Spijker
The Development of Lombardian Theology, 1160-1215, Marcia L. Colish
Academic Heresy and Intellectual Freedom at the University of Paris, 1200-1378, J.M.M.H. Thijssen
Ludwig the Bavarian and the Scholars, Dick E.H. de Boer
The Reclusorium as an Informal Centre of Learning, Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker
John Bromyard and the Hereford Dominicans, Peter Binkley

Classical Learning and the Building of Power at the Fifteenth-Century Burgundian Court, A.J. Vanderjagt
Aucuns Petis Enseignemens: 'Homemade' Courtesy Books in Medieval France, Anne Marie De

The Renaissance Household as Centre of Learning, A.A. MacDonald
The Scottish Chapel Royal as Cultural Intermediary between Town and Court, Theo van Heijnsbergen
'Liberation from the Trivial Yoke': Dutch Renaissance Educators and their Cultural and Socio-Political
Objectives, Catrien Santing
Latin Literature in Early Modern Groningen, F. Akkerman

Notes on Contributors

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