Matthew Klemm

Matthew Klemm

Associate Professor, Department of History
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Classical Studies
Faculty, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Specialty:Medieval and Ancient History, Medieval Intellectual History, History of Science and Medicine
Phone:(607) 274-1306
E-mail:mklemm@ithaca.edu
Office:405 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

I teach a variety of courses in ancient and medieval European history.  I am also the coordinator of the Classical Studies minor program and the faculty adviser to the Women's and Men's Ultimate (Frisbee) Clubs -- a sport that I have played for more than 20 years. 

Spring 2014 courses:

  • Early Science and Medicine in the West (200-level)
  • Foundations of Western Civilization (100)
  • Seminar: Medieval Heresy

Fall 2013 courses:

  • The Ancient World: Greece and Rome (200-level)
  • Monks, Heretics, and Scholars (300-level)
  • Lucretius, De rerum natura [On the Nature of Things] (1-credit Honors seminar) 

Other courses I teach include:

  • Ithaca Seminar: Thinking with Animals in the Middle Ages
  • Medieval Civilization (200-level)
  • Ancient Greece (300-level)
  • Seminar: Renaissance of the Twelfth Century
  • Seminar: The Conversion of Rome

My research focuses on the intersections of medicine, philosophy, theology, and natural philosophy (or "science") in the later Middle Ages and early Renaissance. I am especially interested in changing conceptions of the relationship between body, soul, and mind, and of human nature as a whole. I am also interested in thought about animals and comparisons between animals and humans.

My current projects:

  • My main project is a book entitled: Medical Anthropology in the Late Middle Ages: Body, Soul, and the Virtues according to Peter of Abano (d. 1316).  This book considers ways that medical theory contributed to new ways of conceptualizing human nature in the late Middle Ages. 
  • I am writing a chapter for the book, A Companion to Jean de Jandun, ed. V. Syros.
  • As a longer-term project, together with my colleague Tine Schwaenepoel in Belgium, I am creating an edition of a medieval Latin commentary on the Aristotelian Problems, an interesting collection of problematic questions about nature from the ancient world.  If you are a student who has completed two years of Latin, let me know if you are interested in working on this as an independent study.  

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