"The Origins of the Humanities – Coluccio Salutati (1331-1406)"
Conference at Loyola College in Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Morning sessions at Loyola College in Maryland (4501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210); afternoon sessions at Johns Hopkins University (3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218).
May 2006 marks the 600th anniversary of the death of Florentine humanist Coluccio Salutati. A student of Francesco Petrarca he introduced humanist learning (what we now call Humanities) into his city and to Western culture. While he served his city as a lawyer and as Chancellor (i.e. Secretary of State) he was instrumental in introducing Greek and classical studies and wrote extensively on these topics: books on "Law and Medicine", on Greek Mythology, on free-will, and on worldly vs. religious values were his most notable achievements. In a vast correspondence he spread the new worldview among colleagues, scholars, and Church authorities, thus working on the equilibrium between faith and scholarship. The conference will explore some of these aspects through scholarly papers.
Ronald G. Witt (Duke University): "Coluccio Salutati in the Footsteps of the Ancients"
Christopher S. Celenza (Johns Hopkins University): Coluccio Salutati's Conception of the history of the Latin language"
Walter Stephens (Johns Hopkins University): "Excavation and Discovery: Books and Adventure in Salutati's Circle"
Paul Richard Blum (Loyola College in Maryland): "Salutati's Hercules: Biblical Hermeneutics for Pagan Books"
Liza McCahill (Princeton University): TBA
As small number of further presentations is welcome.
Paul Richard Blum (Loyola College in Maryland)