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ITALG009 - Marsilio Ficino, De Amore
Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Dr Dilwyn Knox
Assessment: one 3-hour examination in the Summer Term.
Ficino's De amore, entitled Dell'amore
in Ficino's translation of his treatise, is the best known treatise
of Renaissance Neoplatonism. The module introduces students through a
detailed reading of this text to Ficino's interpretation of Neoplatonism
and its relationship with Christian doctrine. It discusses Neoplatonic
doctrines of, among other things, the hypostases, emanation, light
metaphysics, beauty, desire, agapē, the relationship of body
and soul, demonology and melancholy. Students may follow the module in
either Ficino's original Latin version or his Italian translation. A
good reading knowledge of Italian or Latin is required. The module is accessible to students
with ancient and medieval philosophy.
Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:
You should acquire a copy of Marsilio Ficino, El libro dell’amore, ed. Sandra Niccoli (Olschki: Firenze, 1987).The materials for this module are keyed to this edition. In addition, you should acquire from Patrizia Oliver (Italian Department) copies of two module handbooks, the Commentary on Marsilio Ficino's De amore and the accompanying A Dictionary of Terms and Names in Ficino's Dell'amore. A good introduction to Ficino's life and works is Cesare Vasoli's entry 'Ficino, Marsilio' in the Dizionario biografico degli italiani. Before the beginning of the academic year, you may also access some module materials via Moodle; ask the module tutor for permission to access the site.