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Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy, c. 1400-c. 1650

Please note that the AHRC project described here was completed in January 2014. The database is in need of updating and will soon be moved to a new platform. The research is currently being carried forward through a new ERC project, whose details are available here.

As far as is known, this was the first funded research project world-wide to study the Renaissance diffusion of Aristotelian works in the Italian vernacular. The project ran from October 2010 to January 2014, as a collaboration (funded by an AHRC standard grant, around £500k) between the University of Warwick (Centre for the Study of the Renaissance) and the Warburg Institute in London. This initiative tried to redress the almost exclusive concentration on Latin Aristotelianism among historians of philosophy and ideas in recent decades and provided an electronic census and description of all relevant materials in both manuscript and print. (Click on 'database' in the page's toolbar to access the census.)

The project brought together historians of language, literature, philosophy, science and culture to explore how Aristotelianism increasingly reached a broad and non-Latinate public. It was led by David Lines (PI, Warwick) together with Simon Gilson (Warwick) and Jill Kraye (The Warburg Institute, London) as Co-Is. The research fellow was Eugenio Refini, and the PhD student was Grace Allen. The project partner was Luca Bianchi (Univ. del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli).

The project, which has already given rise (as mentioned above) to an electronic census of relevant works as well as to several articles, is also resulting in the publication of the proceedings of its two international colloquia (Pisa, September 2012 and London, June 2013).

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Books, Catalogues and Databases: Exploring Renaissance Vernacular Aristotelianism
The British Library, London Conference Centre, Eliot Room, Friday July 5th 2013, 14.00-17.00

14.00 Stephen Parkin (British Library) and David A. Lines (University of Warwick)

14.10 Eugenio Refini (University of Warwick)
The ‘Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy’ Database

14.30 John Goldfinch (British Library)
The Incunabula Short Title Catalogue

14.50 Rosaria Maria Servello (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico, Rome)
Edit 16: Censimento nazionale delle edizioni italiane del XVI secolo

15.10 Flavia Bruni (University of St Andrews)
The Universal Short Title Catalogue

15.30 Coffee Break

15.45 Round Table
Cristina Dondi (University of Oxford & CERL)
Paul Gehl (The Newberry Library, Chicago)
Laura Nuvoloni (University of Cambridge – Incunabula Project)
Stephen Parkin (British Library)

Event organised within the AHRC-funded project ‘Vernacular
Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy’ (University of Warwick & The Warburg Institute, London) in collaboration with the British Library.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is recommended for practical reasons. For information and registration please contact


Speakers will include Grace Allen, Luca Bianchi, Ivano Dal Prete, Eva Del Soldato, Michael Edwards, Simon Gilson, Corinna Onelli, Letizia Panizza, Fiammetta Papi, Eugenio Refini, Claudia Rossignoli, Marco Sgarbi​. Other participants: Rita Copeland, Virginia Cox, David A. Lines, Jill Kraye.

Aristotele fatto volgare: Aristotelian Philosophy

and the Vernacular in the Renaissance

Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, 27-28 September 2012: go to the colloquium webpage!

Database Launch (May 1st 2012) - Video 1, 2, 3, 4

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The project, involving a collaboration between the University of Warwick and the Warburg Institute in London, is led by Dr David Lines (Warwick, Department of Italian), with the support at Warwick of Professor Simon Gilson and, at the Warburg Institute, of Professor Jill Kraye. Professor Luca Bianchi (Vercelli), along with a distinguished group of scholars on the project's advisory board, is providing further expertise. A crucial part in the development of this project is played by the research fellow, Dr Eugenio Refini (based at Warwick), and by the PhD student, Miss Grace Allen (based at the Warburg).

Seed money for exploring the topic and its feasibility was provided by Warwick's Research Development Fund, which allowed Lines and Gilson to organize an exploratory workshop in Venice in September 2007.

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Just out

Annalisa Andreoni, La via della dottrina : le lezioni accademiche di Benedetto Varchi (Pisa: ETS, 2012).


Thinking Politics in the Vernacular from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, ed. by G. Briguglia and T. Ricklin (Fribourg: Academic Press, 2011)

Thinking Politics

Translations médiévales. Cinq siècles de traductions en français au Moyen Âge (XIe-XVe siècles ). Étude et Répertoire, ed. by Claudio Galderisi (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011).


Christian Readings of Aristotle from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, ed. by Luca Bianchi (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011).


Lire Aristote au Moyen Age et à la Renaissance. Réception du traité Sur la génération et la corruption, ed. by Joëlle Ducos and Violaine Giacomotto-Charra (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2011).


Alison Cornish, Vernacular Translation in Dante's Italy. Illiterate Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011).