IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1620: Augustine and After: Medieval Civitates Dei

Thursday 12 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Jess Paehlke, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Moderator/Chair:Jess Paehlke, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Paper 1620-aThe Image of the City of God in the Writings of Elizabeth of Schönau and Hildegard of Bingen
(Language: English)
Debra L. Stoudt, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Toledo, Ohio
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women’s Studies
Paper 1620-bRepresentations of the City of God in 12th-Century Manuscripts of Augustine's De Civitate Dei
(Language: English)
Lauren Mancia, University of Toronto
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Language and Literature - Latin, Theology
Paper 1620-cThe City of Virtue: Al-Farabi's Revisions of Augustine's City of God
(Language: English)
Wajih Ayed, Faculty of Arts, Université de Sousse
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Philosophy, Political Thought

One of the many ways in which Augustine’s De civitate Dei influenced medieval thinkers, writers, and artists was through the conception it provided them of an ideal heavenly city. This interdisciplinary session will address in three papers the impact and adaptation of Augustine’s description of the City of God by a variety of figures from the 10th-12th centuries. This session will consider theological, philosophical, and visual re-interpretations of Augustine’s ideal city in very different contexts: in the golden age of the medieval Islamic world, among monastic women in Germany, and by manuscript illuminators.