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Agricola Seminar | The appropriation of the Church Fathers in the Devotio Moderna

When:Mo 06-10-2014
Where:Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen

Rudolph Agricola invites you for a session of the Agricola seminar on October 06th, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen.

Mathilde van Dijk will talk to us about the following subject: The appropriation of the Church Fathers in the Devotio Moderna


The adherents of the Devotio Moderna wished to revive the ‘devotio antiqua’ as practiced by Jesus Christ, the apostles and Early Church saints such as the martyrs. The Church Fathers were their most important sources on how to go about this: as authorities, they offered trustworthy information about what imitation actually meant. In her paper, Van Dijk will research how the devout dealt with patristic texts, how they used these and appropriated these as to find a feasible way of being truly pious after the model of their Early Church forebears.

The language will be English.

The Agricola Seminar unites all those at the University of Groningen who work in premodernity. For more information see agricolaseminar.wordpress.com