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Greek Antiquity In Lutheran Universal History

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Melanchthonian historical consciousness was moulded by the conviction that history was a finite arena in which God's will manifested itself. Since the Chronicon Carionis and the view of history it propounds lies at the heart of this chapter. It presents a cursory account of its emergence and clarification as to its authorship. In the Chronicon Carionis Melanchthon offers the following catalogue of early Greek authors: Atlas, Linus, Orpheus, Homer, and Hesiod. The chapter talks about several of Melanchthon's students and their understanding of Greek antiquity. This comparative perspective may help underline the common denominators of this Melanchthonian milieu, while at the same time tracing some important differences between each of the second-generation Lutheran humanists and their master, and among themselves.

Keywords: Chronicon Carionis; Greek antiquity; Lutheran humanists; Melanchthon



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