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RA-254178-17
Long-Term Research Fellowships at the American Academy in Rome
Mark Robbins, American Academy in Rome

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Libri De Secta Pythagorica Quattuor (Book)
Title: Libri De Secta Pythagorica Quattuor
Author: Iamblichus
Editor: Denis J.-J. Robichaud
Abstract: In 1484, the Florentine humanist and philosopher Marsilio Ficino (1433-99) published the first complete translation of Plato, but his Greek to Latin translations of Iamblichus’s (a Syrian who lived c. 245-325 CE) De secta Pythagorica remain unprinted. They were thought lost before P. O. Kristeller identified their manuscripts, have not been studied extensively, and many recent studies still ignore their existence. They are printed for the first time with the Ficinus Novus series of Nino Aragno Editore (Turin).
Year: 2019
Publisher: Aragno Editore
Type: Translation
Translator: Marsilio Ficino
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Mathematica (Book)
Title: Mathematica
Author: Theon of Smyrna
Editor: Denis J.-J. Robichaud
Abstract: In 1484, the Florentine humanist and philosopher Marsilio Ficino (1433-99) published the first complete translation of Plato, but his Greek to Latin translations of Theon of Smyrna’s (fl. first century CE) Mathematica remain unprinted. They were thought lost before P. O. Kristeller identified their manuscripts, have not been studied extensively, and many recent studies still ignore their existence. Mathematica is printed for the first time with the Ficinus Novus series of Nino Aragno Editore (Turin). The edition includes a book-length study of four topics: (i) Greek to Latin translations of philosophy in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; (ii) the development of Ficino’s translations; (iii) their place in Ficino’s oeuvre and the history of philosophy; and (iv) a study of the fortune of these works in the Renaissance, especially in scholarly, artistic, and religious communities in Florence and Rome. Ficino’s translations of these texts are the first reintroduction of the largest ancient corpus of Pythagoreanism in the Renaissance.
Year: 2019
Type: Translation
Translator: Marsilio Ficino
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Ficino’s Deification: On Virtue, Transformation, and Union with the Divine,” in Ficino and Pico on How to Become God (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Ficino’s Deification: On Virtue, Transformation, and Union with the Divine,” in Ficino and Pico on How to Become God
Author: Denis J.-J. Robichaud
Abstract: Paper given at Renaissance Society of America’s 65th annual conference.
Date: 03/19/2019
Conference Name: Renaissance Society of America’s 65th annual conference

Bessarione, Dionigi l’Areopagita, e i Platonici (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Bessarione, Dionigi l’Areopagita, e i Platonici
Author: Denis J.-J. Robichaud
Abstract: Invited talk
Date: 12/08/2018
Conference Name: "Vissarion as a Theologian", Istituto Ellenico, Venice, Italy

Liberty, Bondage and Liberation in the Second Millennium BCE (Article)
Title: Liberty, Bondage and Liberation in the Second Millennium BCE
Author: Eva von Dassow
Abstract: Free versus unfree was a fundamental axis of differentiation in ancient Near Eastern societies. Liberty was conceptualized as the power to govern oneself, free from another's domination, thus free to participate in constituting political authority. More concretely, the subject of the state was by definition free, this being the condition of obliging him for duty. Thus the relation between people and polity was predicated on liberty, not servitude as commonly supposed of an area still shackled to the Western ideology of Oriental despotism. I argue that liberty was an operative principle in the organization of ancient Near Eastern polities, basing the case on sources from the Late Bronze Age. The first section sets forth general propositions, and the second puts them in ancient Near Eastern terms. The third and fourth sections examine documents from Ugarit and Emar, two polities under Hittite suzerainty, that illustrate how these principles operated in the lives of individuals. The fifth section examines how they were articulated at the scale of communities, through the lens of the poet(s) who composed the Hurro-Hittite ‘Song of Liberation'. The conclusion draws together the ideas of liberty, bondage and liberation these sources disclose, ideas that remained productive in later ages.
Year: 2018
Primary URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01916599.2018.1513246
Primary URL Description: Link to abstract and ability to purchase
Access Model: Subscription only
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Liberty: an Ancient Idea for the Contemporary World? Ancient Liberties and Modern Perspectives, edited by Valentina Arena. Special issue of History of European Ideas 44/6
Publisher: Routledge


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