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Ubbo Emmius, The Eternal Edict And The Academy Of Groningen

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The university and the city of Groningen have done much to keep alive the memory of Ubbo Emmius. William Makdowell cited the Eternal Edict as setting the students the example of two Spanish kings Alfonso the Wise and Alfonso of Aragon. In his Natales Academiae, Emmius paid attention to the importance of learning by reference to two apophthegms of Aristotle and Aristippus. More than forty years before the foundation of the academy in Groningen, there was delivered, at the paedagogium in Rostock, a school oration which may have inspired Ubbo Emmius to compose the initial part of the Foundation Edict. Modern historians have complained about the formal character of Emmius's letters. He manages to convince the readers that they should read the earlier characterisation of the people of Groningen in the wider perspective of Frisian ideals of freedom and helps to understand the international dimension of the Eternal Edict.

Keywords:Eternal Edict; Frisian; Groningen; King Alfonso; Natales Academiae; Rostock; Ubbo Emmius



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