Early Books Lecture: 'Health, Food, Happiness and Medicine in the Late Middle Ages: The Glorious Tacuinum Sanitatis'
Presented by Albrecht Classen, University Distinguished Professor and undergraduate adviser in the Department of German Studies. Classen has a broad range of research interests covering the history of medieval and early modern German and European literature and culture from about 800 to 1800. He has published more than 90 scholarly books, critical editions, translations and textbooks.
One of the most splendidly illustrated late medieval manuscripts, the "Tacuinum Sanitatis," was a thirteenth-century Latin translation of an eleventh-century Arabic treatise that dealt with many different aspects of a healthy life style. The treatise enjoyed a considerable popularity because it provided significant insight into numerous medical, dietary and social issues that formed the basis of a satisfactory life, such a balanced health practice according to the humoral theory. With the Tacuinum we have solid evidence of how much medieval Arabic and Latin-European cultures engaged with each other, the latter being more on the receiving end.
Special Collections hosts the Early Books Lecture Series XIV, an annual lecture series where University of Arizona scholars explore the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. In this 14th year of the lecture series, professors will give their audiences new insights into centuries-old historic texts.
The Early Books Lecture Series is free and open to the public.