“Fighting over Greek in Early Modern Europe”
A panel featuring Tanya Pollard (Brooklyn College and GC), Jessica Wolfe (UNC-Chapel Hill), and Micha Lazarus (Cambridge)
5:30 pm, February 22, Room 5109, The Graduate Center
Far from representing established authority, Greek emerged into early modern Europe as a source of crisis and controversy, challenging received assumptions about religious authority, political power, literary genres, relations between the sexes, education, and more. Just as ancient Greek texts encouraged thinkers across Europe to reflect on the origin, nature, and evolution of conflict, the contested status of Greek itself generated new conflicts. Opposed by conservatives and embraced by champions of reform, Greek electrified learning and literary culture across Europe alongside the start of the print revolution.