Johan David Åkerblad (1763–1819) contributed to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs and Demotic and is known as a predecessor of Jean-François Champollion. This intellectual biography offers a new and less heroic interpretation of the first reading of the Egyptian scripts. Åkerblad, an exceptional linguist, was a diplomat and orientalist who spent several decades living in the Ottoman Empire, France and Italy. Of humble birth, he was a supporter of the French Revolution – something that stymied his career. His life cannot be understood in a purely Swedish national framework, and this study firmly situates him as an international scholar. The book discusses European expansion in the Eastern Mediterranean during the tumultuous decades around the year 1800, and traces Åkerblad’s momentous life in relation to the debates on ‘orientalism,’ the tradition of classical studies and the history of science.
The Life of J. D. Åkerblad
Maximilian Sternberg, University of Cambridge
In Cistercian Architecture and Medieval Society Max Sternberg offers an account of the social functions of the built environment in medieval monasticism, focusing in particular on the white order of the Languedoc in the 13th century.
Offering a systematic analysis of texts produced between the court of Burgundy in the 1470s and the court of the Austrian Habsburgs in the early 1700s, this book traces the development of the idea of successful and competent political behaviour as seen through the eyes of court historians ...
Edited by Asaph Ben-Tov, University of Erfurt, Yaacov Deutsch, David Yellin College, and Tamar Herzig, Tel Aviv University
This collection of essays examines interplays of knowledge and religion in early modern thought. Spanning from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, it considers varied formations of knowledge and religion, knowledge about religion(s) and irreligious knowledge in early modern Europe.
Lambert van Velthuysen. Edited and translated by Malcolm de Mowbray. With an introduction by Catherine Secretan, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
The Letter on the Principles of Justness and Decency (1651) by Lambert van Velthuysen deduces the nature of virtue and vice and the right to punish crimes from the Hobbesian principle of self-preservation.
Edited by Marco Sgarbi, Villa I Tatti. The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence
The present volume collects seventeen case studies that characterize the various kinds of translationes of the European culture of the last two and a half millennia from ancient Greece to Rome, from the Medieval world to the Renaissance up to the Modernity.
Edited by Andrea Moudarres, University of California and Christiana Purdy Moudarres, University of California
This volume aims to assess the longstanding debate over the role played by the Italian Renaissance in shaping the modern Western worldview.
Wiep van Bunge, Erasmus University Rotterdam
In Spinoza Past and Present Wiep van Bunge explores various aspects of Spinoza’s works and the often conflichting ways in which the Dutch philosopher’s views have been interpreted from the seventeenth century onwards.
Edited by Eric Jorink, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, and Dirk van Miert, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
This volume describes how Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) rose to fame in the fascinating world of seventeenth-century scholarship and science.
Edited by Matthew Rampley, University of Birmingham, Thierry Lenain, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Hubert Locher, Philipps University, Marburg, Andrea Pinotti, Università degli Studi, Milan, Charlotte Schoell-Glass, University of Hamburg, and Kitty Zijlmans, Leiden University
This book undertakes a critical survey of art history across Europe, examining the recent conceptual and methodological concerns informing the discipline as well as the political, social and ideological factors that have shaped its development in specific national contexts.
Edited by Sarah Mortimer, Christ Church, Oxford and John Robertson, University of Cambridge
Challenging the common assumption that religious heterodoxy was a prelude to the secularisation of thought, this volume explores the variety of relations between heterodox theology, political thought, moral and natural philosophy and historical writing in both Protestant and Catholic Europe from ...
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