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Origenis Vita. Beobachtungen zur Biographie des Origenes in den Origeniana Pierre-Daniel Huets

Lossl, Josef 2017. Origenis Vita. Beobachtungen zur Biographie des Origenes in den Origeniana Pierre-Daniel Huets. In: Fürst, Alfons ed. Origenes in Frankreich. Die Origeniana Pierre Daniel Huets, Adamantiana, vol. 10. Münster: Aschendorff, pp. 91-113.

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Abstract

This chapter, in a comprehensive volume about Pierre-Daniel Huet's (1630-1721) "Origeniana", the first modern study of the life and work of the early Greek Church Father Origen of Alexandria (185-254), offers a critical review of the biographical notes on Origen contained in the "Origeniana". It situates Huet's "Origeniana" in the context of Huet's entire work (1) and undertakes a critical analysis of the biographical notes in view of Huet's applied methodology and the outcomes of his research (2). It concludes that Huet's radically critical ('hyper-critical') approach represents a pioneering achievement among early modern biographical study. However, its 'hyper-criticism' also came at a cost in the sense that Huet never achieved a rounded biographical treatment of his subject. Though his notes proved exceedingly useful for later scholars, his "savage erudition" (as one scholar called it) was rejected by the 19th and 20th century and is only now beginning to be appreciated in its historical context.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
D History General and Old World > DC France
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Publisher: Aschendorff
ISBN: 9783402137239
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2017 15:59
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/103985

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