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Shaping Authority: How Did a Person Become an Authority in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance?
By Shari Boodts (editor), Johan Leemans (editor) and Brigitte Meijns (editor)
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Publisher Brepols Pub
Publication date April 30, 2016
Pages 350
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9782503568232
ISBN-10 2503568238
Original list price $143.00
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: The cultural and religious history from Antiquity through the Renaissance may be read through the lens of the rise and demise of auctoritates. Throughout this long period of about two millennia, many historical persons have been considered as exceptionally authoritative. Obviously, this authority derived from their personal achievements. But one does not become an authority on one's own. In many cases, the way an authority's achievements were received and disseminated by their contemporaries and later generations, was the determining factor in the construction of their authority. This volume focuses on the latter aspect: what are the mechanisms and strategies by which participants in intellectual life at large have shaped the authority of historical persons? On what basis, why and how were some persons singled out above their peers as exceptional auctoritates and by which processes did this continue (or discontinue) over time? What imposed geographical or other limits on the development and expansion of a person's auctoritas? Which circumstances led to the disintegration of the authority of persons previously considered to be authoritative? The case-studies in this volume reflect the dazzling variety of trajectories, concerns, actors and factors that contributed over a time span of two millennia to the fashioning of the postmortem and lasting authority of historical persons.

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With Johan Leemans (other contributor), Shari Boodts (other contributor) | from Brepols Pub (April 30, 2016)
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