Leverhulme Lectures on “The Reception of Neoplatonism in Armenia” | 17:00 | Online
Speaker: Valentina Calzolari (Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, Professor of Armenian Studies, University of Geneva)
Title: The Construction of the Legend of David the “Invincible” in the Armenian Tradition in the Middle Ages and the Modern Era
Organiser: Theo M. van Lint, Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies and Pembroke College
Launch Meeting - Zoom
The four Leverhulme Lectures will stress how late ancient Neoplatonism was received and transmited to Armenia over the centuries. Special emphasis will be placed on the corpus of the Armenian translations of the Greek commentaries on Aristotelian logic by David, a Neoplatonist who taught at the School of Alexandria in the 6th century. Moreover, they will examine the construction of the legend of David in the Armenian tradition, and its contribution to the fashioning of Armenian identity, both cultural and national - a contribution which endured to the end of the 19th century.