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Lutheran Humanists And Byzantium: The Scope Of Greek Antiquity

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This chapter demonstrates the validity of conclusions of students of the history of Byzantine studies, i.e. the lack of a clear distinction among sixteenth century humanists between Greek antiquity and later Greek history and at the same time an ambivalent Turco-Greek perception of later Greeks. It proposes, however, to set this ambivalence within the context of Lutheran engagement with history, and to argue that their opinions on Byzantium, if not always exclusively Lutheran, did acquire for them a distinct confessional context. The aim of the chapter is to trace the role allotted to Byzantium within a Lutheran understanding of history and the confessional context of the scholarly interest in the later Greek world, and ultimately to consider what these tell us about the Melanchthonian understanding of antiquity.

Keywords: Byzantinestudies; Greek antiquity; Lutheran humanists; Melanchthonian



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