EuropeanMiddleAgesSept27

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Sept. 27 The European Middle Ages (between classic age and moderns) Key thing is preservation of classical tradition 1. Encyclopedists and Monasticism Fall of the Roman Empire (410ce) starts Middle Ages, Destruction of Library at Alexandria (391ce), Mob murder of Hypatia, Fall of the Western Empire Tertullian- Christians don’t need to know anything of the natural world, just the teaching of morality and theology Augustine of Hippo (354ce)- Expert of rhetoric, Platonism, skills of writing and reading of ancients, the truth from the Bible is sufficient to know. Confessions-The City of God- uses classical skills (Cicero, etc.) to convince people of Christianity. Talks about the city of man and the city of God (Plato). Christian Encyclopedists- o Boethius- Consolations of Philosophy- quotes Christian thought and thoughts of previous philosopers o Isidore of Seville- Etymologiae- start with a single word and build out where it came from Monasticism- realm of higher contemplation, monastery- devoted to the contemplation of God.
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