Thursday, September 20, 2012
Special Lecture: Piero Boitani - The Poetry of the Stars, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
From Homer to the Bible, looking at the heavenly vault is an enchanted moment in human life. It produces that wonder which Aristotle maintains is the beginning of the love of wisdom: philosophy, science, and philomythia - the love of myth: poetry.
The Middle Ages and Renaissance inherit their visions of the stars from classical antiquity and biblical literature, but add their own intriguing perceptions. This lecture, which will be accompanied by iages, will aim to give an idea of how people looked at the sky. Thus domes, mosaics, frescoes, and paintings will show the interplay of astronomy and astrology; and passages from Dante, Petrarch, Castiglione, Ariosto, Tasso, and Shakespeare will lead us from Ptolemy to Copernicus and Galileo.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago and the Italian Cultural Institute.
Piero Boitani is an Italian literary critic, medievalist, and Dante scholar. Born in Rome, he received his Ph.D. from Cambridge. He is Professor of Comparative Literature at the "Sapienza" University of Rome.
He served as the President of the European Society for English Studies (1989-1995), and is currently the Honorary President. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy, the Academia Europaea, the Polish Academy of Arts, the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino, the Accademia dell'Arcadia, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Dante Society of America. In 2002 he received from the Accademia dei Lincei the Feltrinelli Prize for Literary Criticism, Italy's most distinguished literary award. He is the Literary Editor of the Greek and Latin classics series, Fondazione Valla.
This program is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required.
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Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Hours: 5:30 p.m.
Site: The Newberry Library - Towner Fellows Lounge - 60 W Walton St, Chicago
Organized by: Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
In collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago
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