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Magdeburg, 1554: Flacius Illyricus Applies for a Grant

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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A lecture by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University).

Ecclesiastical history began in the 1550s, when the Lutheran Matthias Flacius Illyricus organized
a collaborative century-by-century history of Christianity. This confessional project never
reached completion, and its thick volumes met with severe criticism from co-religionists as well
as Catholics. Nonetheless, it provided a new model for the study of the past, inspiring a
revolution in historiography. That’s the standard story. It’s not wrong: Flacius did many original
things: for example, writing and submitting grant proposals. But it’s radically incomplete. This
lecture reinterprets Flacius’s project and reexamines its impact.

Sponsored by CMRS-CEGS and the European Colloquium of the Department of History.



Wednesday, February 9, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Royce Hall 314
10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States


CMRS Center for Early Global Studies