Greek Scholars between East and West in the Fifteenth Century: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Greek Scholars between East and West in the Fifteenth Century

1st Edition

By John Monfasani


366 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781472451538
pub: 2015-12-04
SAVE ~$33.00

FREE Standard Shipping!


Although the immense importance for the Renaissance of Greek émigrés to fifteenth-century Italy has long been recognized, much basic research on the phenomenon remains to be done. This new volume by John Monfasani gathers together fourteen studies filling in some of the gaps in our knowledge. The philosophers George Gemistus Pletho and George Amiroutzes, the great churchman Cardinal Bessarion, and the famous humanists George of Trebizond and Theodore Gaza are the subjects of some of the articles. Other articles treat the émigrés as a group within the wider frame of contemporary issues, such as humanism, the theological debate between the Orthodox and Roman Catholics, and the process of translating Greek texts into Latin. Furthermore, some notable Latin figures also enter into several of the articles in a detailed way, specifically, Nicholas of Cusa, Niccolò Perotti, and Pietro Balbi.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The Greeks and Renaissance humanism; The pro-Latin apologetics of the Greek émigrés to quattrocento Italy; Pletho’s date of death and the burning of his Laws; George Gemistus Pletho and the West: Greek émigrés, Latin scholasticism, and Renaissance humanism; The ‘lost’ final part of George Amiroutzes’ Dialogus de Fide in Christum and Zanobi Acciaiuoli; A note on George Amiroutzes (c. 1400-c. 1469) and his moral argument against the transmigration of souls; Cardinal Bessarion’s own translation of the In Calumniatorem Platonis; Niccolò Perotti and Bessarion’s In Calumniatorem Platonis; Cardinal Bessarion’s Greek and Latin sources in the Plato-Aristotle controversy of the 15th century and Nicholas of Cusa’s relation to the controversy; The pre- and post-history of Cardinal Bessarion’s 1469 In Calumniatorem Platonis; A tale of two books: Bessarion’s In Calumniatorem Platonis and George of Trebizond’s Comparatio Philosophorum Platonis et Aristotelis; Aristotle as scribe of nature: the title-page of MS Vat. Lat. 2094; George of Trebizond’s critique of Theodore Gaza’s translation of the Aristotelian Problemata; Some quattrocento translators of St Basil the Great: Gaspare Zacchi, Episcopus Anonymus, Pietro Balbi, Athanasius Chalkeopoulos, and Cardinal Bessarion; Addenda et corrigenda; Indexes.

About the Author

John Monfasani is Professor in the Department of History, State University of New York at Albany, USA.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century