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November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm


Aristotle Teaching His Students from an edition of Five Poems by Nizami Ganjavi
Ink and pigments on paper
(H: 30 × W: 18 cm)

Walters manuscript W.607 is an illuminated and illustrated Safavid copy of 4 of the 5 poems that comprise the Khamsah (quintet) of Nizami Ganjavi (died 605 AH/AD 1209). It does not include Laylá va Majnun. The text was copied in black Nasta’liq script by Yadkar the Calligrapher (al-Katib) in 935 AH/AD 1529. An illuminated double-page frontispiece opens the codex (fols. 1b-2a), and each poem is introduced with an illuminated headpiece (fols. 33b, 119b, 180b, and 261b). The 27 illustrations appear to have been repainted in India during the 12th or early 13th century AH/AD 18th or early 19th.

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore


Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics V-VI (1129a-1144b) (pages 80-117)

Topic of Discussion

In book five of the Ethics, Aristotle concludes his discussion of the moral virtues with an exploration of justice, and in book six he makes the transition to the intellectual virtues, i.e., those associated with the rational component of the soul, which will require further investigations into the nature of pleasure. (As you will see the moral and intellectual virtues will meet in the discussion of friendship in books eight and night.) For our discussion, be prepared to share your observations about (1) Aristotle’s understanding of equality and and reciprocity and (2) Aristotle’s conception of the soul in comparison with Plato’s in Timaeus 41b-44c and 69b-72d.


November 18
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
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