IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 219: Tradition Becoming Rule: The Influence of Traditional Texts and Concepts in New Textual Genres of the Middle Ages

Monday 9 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Patrizia Carmassi, Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Moderator/Chair:Klara Vanek, Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin, Technische Universität München
Paper 219-aPatristic Sources in the Liber Floridus
(Language: English)
Patrizia Carmassi, Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Theology
Paper 219-bWhat Makes Encyclopaedias Authoritative?: The Example of Aristotle
(Language: English)
Iolanda Ventura, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Orléans
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Medicine, Science
Abstract

The session aims to make evident phenomena through which textual authority was produced in the Middle Ages. It will be important to focus on transitional periods where earlier sources were included into new ones and thus contributed to reinforcing the claim of authority of new thoughts and literary genres. How did some texts achieve canonical character? This process is worth being investigated from philological and historical points of view, since once they were established in their cultural, scientific or ecclesiastical system, they were not supposed to be scrutinized any further. In this sense they were assumed as a kind of fixed rule to follow.