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Holidays, Timetables And Absences

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One can reconstruct the holiday calendar of the Athenaeum by combining the dates of disputations with information from professors' letters. The letters cover the first half of the century, and the disputations the second half, but this is not an obstacle, since holiday periods, especially those of summer and Christmas, followed a highly conventional plan. The Athenaeum, paid no attention to the customary holidays of foreign students, nor to the dates of the Latin School. There is no surviving weekly timetable of the series lectionum at the Athenaeum, corresponding to those from the universities. Although Vossius and Barlaeus suffered long bouts of illness, they were successful with their lectiones publicae. The success and continuity of teaching compensated for the more unfortunate choices made by the city council, Hortensius and Cabeliau in the 1630s and 1640s, Blondel and Morus in the following decade, and Keuchenius and Meiboom in the 1660s.

Keywords: Athenaeum; Barlaeus; Blondel; disputation; Hortensius; Latin School; lectiones publicae; series lectionum; Vossius



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