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The Alexandrian Tradition

Interactions between Science, Religion, and Literature

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Edited By Luis Arturo Guichard, Juan Luis García Alonso and María Paz de Hoz

This book is the outcome of the conference «Imperial Alexandria: Interactions between Science, Religion and Literature», held at Salamanca University in October 2011. The conference convened a group of experts from different fields to address the interrelationship between Science, Religion and Literature in the Graeco-Roman world during the Imperial Period, and especially in Alexandria, situating it within the context of the long tradition of knowledge that had been consolidating itself in this city, above all during the Hellenistic era. The encounter’s main aim was to create a forum for interdisciplinary reflection on «the Alexandrian model» of knowledge in the Imperial Period and its background, being attended by philologists and historians specialising in different types of texts (literary, scientific and religious), whose study requires an interdisciplinary approach, with priority being given to the notion of contact and the relationship between these subjects in order to gain a better understanding of the spirit, way of thinking and moral values of a particularly important era in the development of ancient culture.
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This book is the outcome of, on the one hand, the conference “Imperial Alexandria: Interactions between Science, Religion and Literature”, held at Salamanca University in October 2011, and, on the other, the activities of the research project FFI2011-29180 – Interacciones entre ciencia, religión y literatura en el Mediterráneo grecorromano (Interactions between science, religion and literature in the Graeco-Roman Mediterranean), which is hosted by that same university and financed by Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN), which also funded the ancillary processes arranged for these purposes (FFI2010-10326-E).

This conference convened a group of experts from different fields to address the interrelationship between science, religion and literature in imperial times in the Graeco-Roman world, and especially in Alexandria, situating it within the context of the long tradition of knowledge that had been consolidating itself in this city, above all during the Hellenistic era. The encounter’s main aim was therefore to create a forum for interdisciplinary reflection on “the Alexandrian model” of knowledge in imperial times and its background, being attended by philologists and historians specialising in different types of texts (literary, scientific and religious), whose study requires an interdisciplinary approach; the overriding aim was to open a gateway to the understanding of the texts and the cultural expressions of the time, with priority being given to the notion of contact and the relationship between science, religion and literature, and explore new pathways in the focus on each subject in order to gain a better understanding of...

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