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The Dynamics of Learning in Early Modern Italy

Arts and Medicine at the University of Bologna

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ISBN 9780674278424

Publication Date: 02/21/2023


560 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

24 photos, 1 illus., 10 tables

Villa I Tatti > I Tatti Studies in Italian Renaissance History


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  • Figures and Tables*
  • Introduction: A Habitation of Learning and Wisdom
  • I. The Institutional and Cultural Context
    • 1. The Academic Community and Its Overseers
    • 2. Teaching and Learning
    • 3. The University in Context
    • 4. The Culture of the Book
  • II. New Directions and Developments in University Learning
    • 5. The Rise of the Humanities
    • 6. Specialization and Scientific Innovation
    • 7. From Theory to Practice
    • 8. The Religious Turn
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix: Preface to the Teaching Roll from 1586–1587
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Figures and Tables
    • Figures
      • Figure I.1. Map of Bologna by Joan Blaeu, 1663
      • Figure I.2. The Theodosian Privilege in 1619
      • Figure I.3. Teaching roll for arts and medicine, 1516–1517
      • Figure 1.1. Students of the German Nation swearing to observe the statutes
      • Figure 1.2. Tomb of Nicolò Fava (†1439)
      • Figure 2.1. Map of Bologna by Joan Blaeu, 1663 (detail)
      • Figure 2.2. The loggiato of the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, along with the Piazza del Paviglione (now Piazza Galvani) and Basilica of San Petronio
      • Figure 2.3. The internal courtyard of the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio
      • Figure 2.4. Plan of the classrooms and anatomical theater of the Archiginnasio, piano nobile (second floor)
      • Figure 2.5. Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio: Aula magna of the Artists
      • Figure 2.6. Depiction of a medieval university classroom (Bologna?)
      • Figure 2.7. Laura Bassi’s first public lecture
      • Figure 3.1. Impresa of the Academy of the Oziosi
      • Figure 3.2. Visit of Prince Frederick Christian of Poland to the Istituto delle Scienze
      • Figure 4.1. Old library of the convent of San Domenico, Bologna
      • Figure 4.2. Master catalog of Ulisse Aldrovandi’s library (1583–)
      • Figure 5.1. Filippo Beroaldo the Elder, commentary on Suetonius: [Caius Suetonius Tranquillus,] Vitae Caesarum cum Philippi Beroaldi et Marci Antonii Sabellici commentariis. Cum figuris nuper additis (Venice: Giovanni Rossi vercellese, 8 January 1506)
      • Figure 5.2. “First-order” student notes from lectures of Codro on Quintilian, late fifteenth century
      • Figure 6.1. Lecture plan of Domenico Pasi on Ptolemy’s astronomy, 1713–1714
      • Figure 6.2. Ulisse Aldrovandi, unpublished autograph lectures on Aristotle’s Physics, 1557
      • Figure 7.1. Mondino de’ Liuzzi, Anathomia Mun[d]ini ([Leipzig: Martin Landsberg], 1493)
      • Figure 7.2a. Final lecture of the public demonstration of anatomy in the Anatomy Theater, Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio, with Laura Bassi taking part
      • Figure 7.2b. Anatomy Theater, Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio
      • Figure 7.3. Woodcut illustration for an operation of nose surgery
      • Figure 8.1. St. Dominic burning “heretical” books
    • Tables
      • Table 1.1. Doctorates in Bologna by half-century, excluding complex combinations
      • Table 2.1. Teachings of medicina theorica in the second year, according to the 1405 statutes
      • Table 2.2. Six-year cycle of philosophy teaching, 1545–1573
      • Table 2.3. Three-year cycle in medicine, c. 1585
      • Table 2.4. First permanent appearance of various subjects and first post-holders
      • Table 2.5. Subjects and teachings in 1737–1738, following their reform
      • Table 3.1. The composition of the Accademia degli Oziosi
      • Table 7.1. Teaching patterns in medicina theorica and practica, c. 1585
      • Table 7.2. Ordinary and extraordinary teachings of theorica and practica, c. 1585
      • Table 8.1. Teaching patterns in theology, 1438–1750

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