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Early Books Lecture Series: "20,000 Facts and Fables"


<p>Detail of image from<em> Naturalis Historia of Pliny the Elder</em> / Special Collections</p>

Detail of image from Naturalis Historia of Pliny the Elder / Special Collections

Date: April 29, 2014

Times: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bob Diaz

Description:

20,000 Facts and Fables: Pliny’s Natural History in Early Modern Europe” with Thomas Willard, Associate Professor, UA Department of English

With thousands of details from hundreds of sources, the Naturalis Historia of Pliny the Elder was a standard reference work throughout the Middle Ages, lovingly copied wherever Latin was read. Based on hearsay as well as wide reading and personal research (the author died investigating the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79) it raised many questions about the marvels it reported and sometimes questioned. Featured in the talk are two early printed editions from the late 1400s and some English responses, including Sir Thomas Browne's study of errors in the famous book.

Special Collections hosts the Early Books Lecture Series XI, an annual lecture series where University of Arizona scholars explore the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. In this 11th year of the lecture series, professors of German Studies and English will give their audiences new insights into centuries-old historic texts.

The evening lectures will be held on three Tuesdays in April. All lectures are held in Special Collections and are free and open to the public. The schedule for the Early Books Lecture Series is:

Lecture I: April 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
“Wenzeslas Bible: The Triumph and Glory of Late Medieval Book Production. Art, Religion, and Literature in One Manuscript” with Albrecht Classen, Professor, UA Department of German Studies

Lecture II: April 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
“Secrets of the Renaissance Garden” with Frederick Kiefer, Professor, UA Department of English

Lecture III: April 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
“20,000 Facts and Fables: Pliny’s Natural History in Early Modern Europe” with Thomas Willard, Associate Professor, UA Department of English