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The Penultimate CuriosityHow Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions$
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Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001

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A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

(p.149) Chapter Eighteen A Tale of Two Cities
The Penultimate Curiosity

Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief account of the loss of Greek literature in the Christian West, which can be traced back to a bitter winter in AD 406 when the Rhine froze and German tribes poured across the river into the territories of the Roman Empire. The discussions then turn to the establishment of universities across Europe in the thirteenth century, which enjoyed a measure of independence from both church and state; the tensions that arose between scholars and residents of the towns where universities were located; Robert Grosseteste, who became Bishop of Lincoln and published some 120 works, ranging from French poetry to theology, science, and estate management; and Thomas Aquinas’ arrival in Paris in around 1245 and his project of integrating Aristotle’s philosophy with Christian teaching.

Keywords:   Greek literature, Christian West, universities, Robert Grosseteste, Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, philosophy, Christianity

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