Prof. Dr. Anthony Grafton

Research activities in Halle

Evening lecture «The Polyhistor in the Atlantic World: How Humanistic Reading Practices Came to the American Colonies», June 20th, 2017, IZEA, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Workshop «From ‚Altertumswissenschaft‘ to Cultural History», together with Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Décultot and Prof. Dr. Suzanne Marchand (Baton Rouge), June 21th, 2017, IZEA, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

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Curriculum Vitae

Anthony Grafton is the current Henry Putnam University Professor at Princeton History Department, where he joined in 1975. He is one of the most important classical philologists and historians worldwide. His numerous high-ranking awards include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1993), the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities (2002) and, recently, the order Pour le Mérite. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy. In 2011 he served as President of the American Historical Association (→ Personal Website).

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Research interests

Cultural history of Renaissance Europe, its effects until the 19th century

– history of books and readers

– history of scholarship and education in the West (from Antiquity to the 19th century)

– history of science (from Antiquity to the Renaissance)

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Publications (a selection)

Major Monographs

La page de l’Antiquité à l’ère numérique: histoire, usages, esthétiques. Paris 2012

What Was History? The Art of History in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge 2012

Leon Battista Alberti: Master Builder of the Italian Renaissance. New York and London 2000 (German trans. Berlin 2002)

Cardano’s Cosmos: The Worlds und Work of a Renaissance Astrologer. Cambridge, MA 1999 (German trans. Berlin 1999)

Commerce with the Classics: Ancient Books and Renaissance Readers. Ann Arbor 1997

Die tragischen Ursprünge der deutschen Fußnote. Berlin 1995 (rev. English version: The Footnote: A Curious History. London and Cambridge, MA 1997)

Joseph Scaliger: A Study in the History of Classical Scholarhip, Vol. 2: Historical Chronology. Oxford 1993

Forgers and Critics: Creativity and Duplicity in Western Scholarship. Princeton, NJ 1990 (German trans. Berlin 1991)

Joseph Scaliger: A Study in the History of Classical Scholarhip, Vol. 1: Textual Criticism and Exegesis. Oxford 1983

Edited volumes (2010-2016)

Canonical Texts and Scholarly Practices. A Global Comparative Approach. Co-edited with G. W. Most. Cambridge 2016.

Collectors‘ Knowledge: What Is Kept, What Is Discovered / Aufbewahren oder wegwerfen: Wie Sammler entscheiden. Co-edited with A. Going and P. Michel. Leiden 2013.

The Classical Tradition. Co-edited with G. W. Most und S. Settis. Cambridge, MA 2010.

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Essay Collections

Worlds Made by Words. Scholarship und Community in the Modern West. Cambridge, MA 2009

Bring Out Your Dead: The Past as Revelation. Cambridge, MA 2004

Defenders of the Text: The Tradition of Humanism in an Age of Science, 1450-1800.  Cambridge, MA 1991

Articles (2014-2016)

[with Joanna Weinberg] Johann Buxtorf Makes a Notebook. In: Canonical Texts and Scholarly Practices. A Global Comparative Approach. Ed. by A. Grafton and G. W. Most. Cambridge 2016, pp. 275-298

Humanist Philologies: Texts, Antiquities and Their Transformations in the Early Modern West. In: World Philology. Ed. by S. Pollock, B. A. Elman and Ku-ming K. Chang, Cambridge, MA 2015, pp. 154-177

Arnaldo Momigliano and the Tradition of Ecclesiastical History. In: The Legacy of Arnaldo Momigliano. Ed. by T. Cornell and O. Murray. London and Turin 2014, pp. 53-76

Christian Hebraism and the Rediscovery of Hellenistic Judaism. In: Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of David B. Ruderman. Ed. by R. I. Cohen et al. Pittsbourg and Cincinetti 2014, pp. 169-180

The Jewish Book in Christian Europe: Material Texts and Religious Encounters. In: Faithful Narratives: Historians, Religion, and the Challenge of Objectivity. Ed. by A. Sterk and N. Caputo. Ithaca, NY 2014, pp. 96-114.

Corrections and Clarifications. In: Emprynted in thys manere: Early Printed Treasures from Cambridge University Library. Ed. by E. Potten and E. Dourish. Cambridge 2014, pp. 146-147