Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2012 Byzantine Colloquium

On the 11th and 12th of June the 2012 Byzantine Colloquium took place at Senate House, University of London, organised by the Institute of Classical Studies. The theme of the two day conference was: "When East met West - The Reception of Latin Philosophical and Theological Thought in Late Byzantium", where the central person explored was Thomas Aquinas. 


Dr. Charalambos Dendrinos (RHUL), who organised this Colloquium, explains: "Scholastic thought in Late Byzantium is an area which remains largely unexplored. The influence of Thomas Aquinas' (1225-74) writings on Byzantine intellectual circles, both Latinophile and Orthodox, has recently attracted revived interest among scholars". The key objective of this conference was the study of critical editions of Greek translations of, and commentaries on, various works by Aquinas, composed by scholars and theologians within Byzantium during the 13th-15th centuries.
It is interesting to identify how wrong translations resulted in mistaken arguments, creating thus tensions between the two Christian Worlds. Current and future research will of course shed light on this critical period, in regards to the relations between the Greek East and the Latin West.   

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