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The Transfer of Knowledge via Verses and Sayings

19.05.2022 | 11:15 s.t. - 14:00

Workshop of the Research Project C10 “Verses and Sayings. Impetus and Range of Scholarly and Popularising Discourses in the Arabic World” (headed by Beatrice Gründler)

Convened by Jan J. van Ginkel, Senior PostDoc Researcher SFB 980 C10


Thursday, May 19, 2022

11.15 – 11.30

Beatrice Gründler, Freie Universität Berlin

11.30 – 12.00 Jan J. van Ginkel, Freie Universität Berlin

The Transfer of Knowledge via Verses and Sayings in a Syriac and Arabic World: About the Project

12.00 – 13.00

Yury Arzhanov, Paris Lodron University Salzburg
Between Greeks and Arabs: Syriac Collections of Gnomic Sayings

In the Middle Ages, Syriac monasteries became new centers of learning and vehicles of transmission of Late Antique Greek science and education. Collections of moral and ethical sententiae played an important role in this process. They were used for training in grammar and rhetoric, and they contributed to the ethical education of youth. Syriac collections of gnomic sayings ascribed to Greek philosophers, poets, and rhetoricians serve as witnesses to the Syriac reception of the Late Antique system of education and at the same time of the transformation of this system in Christian monasteries.

Yury Arzhanov is the author of Syriac Sayings of Greek Philosophers: A Study in Syriac Gnomologia with Edition and Translation (Louvain 2019), in which he edits and comprehensively discusses two Syriac collections of Greek gnomic wisdom. He presents a survey of the extant gnomic ma­te­rials attributed to Greek philosophers and poets in the Syriac Tradition, and traces their pedagogical use within the community.

13.00 – 13.15 Coffee break
13.15 – 14.00

Ute Pietruschka, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
c/o SFB 950 Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa, Univ. Hamburg
First Response and Chair of Discussion

The workshop will be held in situ, following the Covid-19 rules of Freie Universität Berlin. Updated information will be made available to all participants prior to the event.

Participants are kindly requested to register until Tuesday, May 17, 2022 with jan.van.ginkel@fu-berlin.de.

Zeit & Ort

19.05.2022 | 11:15 s.t. - 14:00

Freie Universität Berlin, SFB-Villa, Meeting Room
Schwendenerstraße 8, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem

Weitere Informationen

Jan J. van Ginkel +49 (0)30 838-64628
Organisation team (mobile) +49 (0)163 315 095