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Life at the Athenaeum was busy not only behind the scenes: much energy was also devoted to public education. Vossius and Barlaeus each had two successors, and in Hortensius's profession, mathematics, De Bie continued to teach until 1690. Until 1670 the body of professors continued to expand, as did the number of courses on offer. This chapter focuses on several aspects of public lectures: their importance for the students in general, their various kinds of didactic practices, and their audiences. These data make it possible to assess to what extent the Athenaeum manifested itself in the public sphere of the city of Amsterdam. Athenaeum and its professors are only mentioned in nine of the 344 travelogues which Jacobsen Jensen has unearthed from the period 1632-1850. The panegyrics and eulogies presented by Barlaeus, Morus and Francius showed that Amsterdam played a key role in public display.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Athenaeum; Barlaeus; Francius; Hortensius; panegyric; public education; Vossius



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