IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 224: The Reception and Use of Texts and Ideas, 500-1400

Monday 7 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Glossa - Society for Medieval Studies in Finland
Organiser:Jesse Miika Johannes Keskiaho, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Albrecht Diem, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, New York
Paper 224-aThe First Chapter of the Rule of Benedict, and its Reception in the Manuscripts of Montecassino in the 10th and 11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Teemu Immonen, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 224-bThe Authority of the Abbot in the Benedictine Rule and its Commentaries
(Language: English)
Lari Ahokas, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism
Paper 224-cNarrative Tradition on St Thomas Aquinas in 14th-Century Naples
(Language: English)
Marika Räsänen, Department of Cultural History, University of Turku
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 224-dThe Transmission and Reception of St Augustine's Tripartite Theory of Vision, 500-850
(Language: English)
Jesse Miika Johannes Keskiaho, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Theology
Abstract

Through four case studies the session approaches the reception and implementation of monastic or ascetic ideologies in the Middle Ages. Focusing on Italian contexts, the papers consider the ways past ideas and texts were transmitted, and how this may have changed their possible meanings. How did medieval readers engage in discussions with the texts of the past, and how such discussions changed the meaning or perceived nature of the texts received and reused? Interest also focuses on the kinds of use the texts and ideas of the past were put to, and their roles in these actions.