40th Erasmus Birthday Lecture

Grantley McDonald: Erasmus and the beginnings of English medical humanism

6 December 2019 from 16:00 to 17:30 hrs
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
020 551 0859
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Amongst the text recovered, edited and translated by Renaissance humanists, were Greek medical writings such as those of Galen. Several of Erasmus’ English friends promoted ancient medicine as a solution to the public health issues facing a crowded metropolis such as London.

However, Erasmus’ approach to these Greek medical texts and his critical reaction to the edition of Galen produced by a team of English scholars highlights the differences between his humanistic project and that of his British colleagues.

About Grantley McDonald

Grantley McDonald is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and leader of the FWF research project The court chapel of Maximilian I: between art and politics at the University of Vienna. He holds doctoral degrees in musicology (Melbourne, 2002) and history (Leiden, 2011). Grantley’s research has been distinguished with prizes from the Australian Academy of the Humanities (Canberra) and the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation (Amsterdam). He is author of Biblical Criticism in Early Modern Europe: Erasmus, the Johannine Comma and Trinitarian Debate (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Marsilio Ficino in Germany, from Renaissance to Enlightenment: a Reception History (Geneva: Librairie Droz, in press), and co-editor (with Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl and Elisabeth Giselbrecht) of Early Music Printing in German-Speaking Lands (London: Routledge, 2018). He has been one of the editors of the Verzeichnis deutscher Musikdrucke (University of Salzburg) since its inception in 2012. He is also active as a performing musician.