Love, War, Ethics & Science: Jewish & Christian Poetics in 15th-Century Southern Italy

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Royce Hall Conf/Seminar - - Humanities Conf Room 314

CMRS Lecture

See below for additional information.

Admission

Free and open to the public.

Contact

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
(310) 825-1880
cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu

Website

http://cmrs.ucla.edu/event/love-war-ethics-science-jewi...

Additional Information

In the second half of the 15th century, Venetian, Greek, Albanian, Dalmatian and Jewish merchants settled in the Southern Italian region of Puglia. Here they played a major role in the organization of maritime networks and operating commerce along both the Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean routes.

In spite of the unstable political situation in the Aragonese Kingdom of Naples, the favorable economic conditions and the political protection of Venice triggered a flourishing of cultural activity on the Italian Adriatic coast, fueled by the rich intellectual exchange between local religious communities.

Vibrant descriptions of this multicultural society are displayed in Hebrew and Italian poems composed by Jewish and Christian authors, and consecrated to two queens of Naples, Isabella Chiaromonte (ca. 1424-1465), and Isabella Del Balzo (1468-1533).

In this talk, Fabrizio Lelli (Hebrew Language and Literature, University of Salento) illuminates the poetic trends shared by Southern Italian authors of different faiths and cultural traditions and shows how these poems allow us to better understand the multilayered society of early Renaissance Puglia.

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