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18:00 - 19:30 6 February 2014

Translation in History: Toledo as a centre of translation in the 12th & 13th Centuries


Archaeology G6 LT | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Charles Burnett, Professor of Arabic/Latin Influences in Europe, Warburg Institute, After studying at Cambridge (1969-79) Charles Burnett has been a fellow, lecturer and (since 1999) Professor at the Warburg Institute,University of London. He has held visitingprofessorships at UC Berkeley, Munich University and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris. His work centres on the documenting of the transmission of Arabic learning in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, especially in the fields of philosophy and science.

Toledo is well known as the principal centre in Europe in which texts were translated from Arabic into Latin in philosophy, medicine, mathematics, alchemy and magic.

This lecture will show how the translations were made according to strict rules and how they were accompanied by explanations of the texts. They reflect a context of collaboration, between Christians, Jews and Muslims, and of lively exchanges between masters and their disciples.


Geraldine Brodie
+44 (0)20 3108 1317 | g.brodie@ucl.ac.uk


Translation in History Lecture Series