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Shaping Authority
How Did a Person Become an Authority in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance?

S. Boodts, J. Leemans, B. Meijns (eds.)
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458 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2016
ISBN: 978-2-503-56823-2
Languages: English
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Online content: http://www.brepolsonline.net/doi/book/10.1484/M.LECTIO-EB.5.111079
This volume offers case studies which reflect the variety of trajectories, concerns, actors and factors that contributed to the fashioning of the postmortem and lasting authority of historical persons in premodern intellectual history: a time span of two millennia.
The cultural and religious history from Antiquity through the Renaissance may be read through the lens of the rise and demise of auctoritates. Throughout this long period of about two millennia, many historical persons have been considered as exceptionally authoritative. Obviously, this authority derived from their personal achievements. But one does not become an authority on one’s own. In many cases, the way an authority’s achievements were received and disseminated by their contemporaries and later generations, was the determining factor in the construction of their authority. This volume focuses on the latter aspect: what are the mechanisms and strategies by which participants in intellectual life at large have shaped the authority of historical persons? On what basis, why and how were some persons singled out above their peers as exceptional auctoritates and by which processes did this continue (or discontinue) over time? What imposed geographical or other limits on the development and expansion of a person’s auctoritas? Which circumstances led to the disintegration of the authority of persons previously considered to be authoritative? The case-studies in this volume reflect the dazzling variety of trajectories, concerns, actors and factors that contributed over a time span of two millennia to the fashioning of the postmortem and lasting authority of historical persons.
Table of Contents

Johan Leemans, Brigitte Meijns

Why are Some Greater than Others? Actors and Factors Shaping the Authority of Persons from Antiquity to the Renaissance

 

Jan Opsomer, Angela Ulacco

Epistemic Authority in Textual Traditions: A Model and Some Examples from Ancient Philosophy  

 

Michiel Meeusen

Aristotle’s Authority in the Tradition of Natural Problems. The Case of Plutarch of Chaeronea

 

Bram Demulder

Plato vs. Plato on the Generation of the Cosmos (Tim. 28B) Authority in the Interpretations of Plutarch and Proclus

 

Chiara Meccariello

Deconstructing and Reconstructing Authority. The Interplay of Homer’s and Dio Chrysostom’s Authorities in the Making and Reception of the Trojan Oration

 

Michael Stuart Williams

‘But I May Be Wrong’: The Self-Conscious Construction of Episcopal Authority in the Sermons of Ambrose of Milan

 

Christian Müller

Revisiting an Authority’s Secret(s) of Success: The Rise and  Decline of the Latin Athanasius

 

David Defries

Wonder, Mirror Neurons and Embodied Cognition in the Early Medieval Experience of Miracles  

 

Edward M. Schoolman

Engineered Holy Authority and the Tenth-Century Vita of St. Barbatianus
of Ravenna

 

Jelle Lisson

The Dark Side of Remembrance: How Medieval Chroniclers Demonized Bishop Adalbero of Laon (977‒1033)    

 

John Van Engen

Authorship, Authority, and Authorization: The Cases of Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux and Abbess Hildegard of Bingen 

 

Eva Vandemeulebroucke, Youri Desplenter

How Jan van Leeuwen († 1378) Was Made an Author Opera Omnia and Authority

 

Giacomo Signore, Anna Dlabačová, Marieke Abram

Between Norms and Books. Constructing Authority in the Fifteenth Century

 

Patricia D. Meneses

Antonio Manetti’s Brunelleschi: An Attempt at Establishing Artistic Authority

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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