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This is the introduction chapter of the book, which attempts to answer the question of how the Athenaeum operated on the basis of 'actual teaching activities' of the professors. It offers an introduction to the Athenaeum, to the mode and cultural context of its creation, and to its teaching faculty during seventeenth century. In the history of its professors are two caesuras. The deaths of Barlaeus (1648) and Vossius (1649) mark the end of a long scholarly friendship and shared humanist view of scholarship. It then deals with the question of whether Athenaeum in its didactics and activities was comparable to Republic's other institutes of higher education; various forms of instruction are examined to answer this. It contains a description of paedagogic content. The disciplines are distinguished from one another and arranged in a manner that attempts to do justice to the views of professors on boundaries of their disciplines.

Keywords: Athenaeum; Barlaeus; caesuras; disciplines; paedagogic content; professors; scholarship; teaching activities; Vossius



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