7375Re: Earliest German herbals?
- Feb 19, 2009I believe at times, in the SCA, people loose track of the context of
information while searching for the minutae of period specific
knowledge. They want to pinpoint documentation to rationalize their
personae having known the information while ignoring where it came
What drove the Renaissance was the re-exploration of the classical
arts and sciences. DaVinci, Michelangelo... I could go on and on
with names.. all had extensive education derived from the foundations
the Greeks and Romans built 1200 years before. They took this
information, and either further discovered truths based upon this
expertise, or discredited the myths provided in the past to help
discover the truth. Pliny was a very important part of this along
with Aristotle, Aristophanes, Pythagoreas (goes on naming).... All
these people were studied to bring about the Renaissance.
I guess what I am saying, is if we really want to learn what the
educated people in period were thinking, where they were coming from,
we need to also learn what they learned too; not just show that they
said it. Its easy to say "(insert name) wrote this and I have
documentation to prove it" ... but to show you understand WHY that
person wrote it, and how they found that information in the first
place... this shows a true understanding of the subject.
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