HoP 313 - Queen of the Sciences - Anna Komnene and her Circle

December 2nd, 2018

Princess Anna Komnene makes good use of her political retirement by gathering a circle of scholars to write commentaries on Aristotle.

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HoP 312 - Past Masters - Byzantine Historiography

November 18th, 2018

The larger meaning of history in the chronicles written by Michael Psellos, Michael Attaleiates, Anna Komnene, and Niketas Choniates.

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HoP 311 - The Elements of Style - Rhetoric in Byzantium

November 4th, 2018

Psellos and other experts in rhetoric explore how this art of persuasion relates to philosophy.

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HoP 310 - Purple Prose - Byzantine Political Philosophy

October 21st, 2018

Byzantine political thought from the time of Justinian down to the Palaiologos dynasty wrestles with the nature and scope of imperial power.

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HoP 309 - Hooked on Classics - Italos and the Debate over Pagan Learning

October 7th, 2018

The trial of John Italos and other signs of Byzantine disquiet with the pagan philosophical tradition.

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HoP 307 - Consul of the Philosophers - Michael Psellos

September 9th, 2018

Michael Psellos and his attitude towards pagan philosophy and the political life.

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HoP 306 - Collectors’ Items - Photius and Byzantine Compilations

July 29th, 2018

Photius, “the inventor of the book review,” and other Byzantine scholars who preserved ancient learning.

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HoP 305 - Andrew Louth on John of Damascus

July 15th, 2018

Peter is joined by Andrew Louth for a discussion of John of Damascus and his theological use of philosophy.

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HoP 304 - Behind Enemy Lines - John of Damascus

July 1st, 2018

John of Damascus helps to shape the Byzantine understanding of humankind and the veneration of images, despite living in Islamic territory.

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HoP 303 - Don’t Picture This - Iconoclasm

June 17th, 2018

Is it idolatry to venerate an icon of a saint, or of Christ? The dispute leads the Byzantines to ponder the relation between an image and its object.

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HoP 302 - On the Eastern Front - Philosophy in Syriac and Armenian

June 3rd, 2018

Eastern Christian philosophy outside of Constantinople, focusing on translation and exegesis in the languages of Syriac and Armenian.

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HoP 301 - The Empire Strikes Back - Introduction to Byzantine Philosophy

May 20th, 2018

We begin to look at the third tradition of medieval philosophy, in which the heritage of classical antiquity is preserved and debated by the Byzantines.

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HoP 300b - The Relevance of Medieval Philosophy Today

May 6th, 2018

Peter King, Catarina Dutilh Novaes, and Russ Friedman discuss their approaches to medieval philosophy, and its contemporary relevance.

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HoP 299 - Robert Pasnau on Substance in Scholasticism

April 8th, 2018

Bob Pasnau joins Peter to discuss ideas about substance from Aquinas down to the time of Locke, Leibniz and Descartes.

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HoP 298 - Renaissance Men - Ramon Llull and Petrarch

March 25th, 2018

The Renaissance ideals of humanism and universal science flourish already in the medieval period, in the works of Petrarch and Ramon Llull.

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HoP 296 - Morning Star of the Reformation - John Wyclif

February 25th, 2018

John Wyclif refutes nominalism and inspires the Lollard movement, which anticipated Reformation thought with its critique of the church.

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HoP 295 - The Most Christian Doctor - Jean Gerson

February 11th, 2018

Jean Gerson’s role in the political disputes of his day, the spread of lay devotion and affective mysticism, and the debate over the Romance of the Rose initiated by Christine de Pizan.

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HoP 294 - Isabel Davis on Sexuality and Marriage in Chaucer

January 28th, 2018

Peter is joined by Isabel Davis to discuss marriage, sex and chastity in Chaucer, focusing on the Wife of Bath's speech.

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HoP 293 - The Good Wife - Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages

January 14th, 2018

Medieval attitudes towards homosexuality, sex and chastity, and the status of women. Authors discussed include Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, and Chaucer.

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