Gábor Almási

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Dr Almási is based in Hungary and can be contacted at this address: Budapest 1021, Kuruclesi ut 32, Hungary.

Gábor Almási is interested mostly in 15–17th-century intellectual and cultural history. His Ph.D. dissertation, obtained at the Central European University (Budapest) in 2005, and later developed into a book – The Uses of Humanism. Johannes Sambucus (1531–1584), Andreas Dudith (1533–1589), and the East Central European Republic of Letters (Leiden: Brill, 2009) – concerned subjects like the Republic of Letters, Habsburg court culture, court careers, religious attitudes of intellectuals etc. Since then he has also researched early modern patriotism and ‘otherness’, and themes of the Scientific Revolution. He is presently working on various projects: the language question in Hungary and the fate of Latinity and late sixteenth-, early seventeenth-century political and intellectual history and history of science.


Neo-Latin publications


  • The Uses of Humanism. Andreas Dudith (1533-1589), Johannes Sambucus (1531-1584), and the East Central European Republic of Letters (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History 185) Leiden: Brill, 2009. 388 p.

Text editions

  • Humanistes du bassin des Carpates III. Johannes Sambucus. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013 (Europa Humanistica), c. 290 pages [Forthcoming]. (Edited with Farkas Gábor Kiss)

Selected articles and chapters

  • with F. Kiss, ‘Szöveggondozás és kapcsolatápolás: Zsámboky János életműve a reneszánsz filológia tükrében’, Irodalomtörténeti  Közlemények 117 (2013), 627–691.
  • “Tycho Brahe and the separation of astronomy from astrology: the making of a new scientific discourse.” Science in Context 26/1 (2013): 3-30.
  • ‘Bethlen és a törökösség kérdése a korabeli propagandában  és politikában [Gábor Bethlen and the problem of the Turkish association in contemporary propaganda and politics]’, in G. Kármán and K. Teszeleszky (eds), Bethlen Gábor és Európa, Budapest: ELTE 2013, 311–366.
  • “The Humanist Dog.” Festschrift for Joseph Connors, Director of Villa i Tatti, ed. Machtelt Israëls (Villa i Tatti, 2011) 8 pages [Forthcoming].
  • “Nikodemismus und Konfessionalisierung am Hof Maximilians II.” Frühneuzeit-Info 22 (2011), 112-128. (Co-author: Paola Molino)
  • “Humanistic Letter-writing” In Europäische Geschichte Online (EGO). Published by the Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz 2010-12-03. URL: http://www.ieg-ego.eu/almasig-2010-en
  • “Conflicts and strategies of a religious individualist in confessionalising Europe: Andreas Dudith (1533-1589).” In Jeanine De Landtsheer and Henk Nellen, eds., Between Scylla and Charybdis Learned Letter Writers Navigating the Reefs of Religious and Political Controversy in Early Modern Europe. Leiden: Brill, 2010. 161-184.
  •  “I Valacchi visti dagli italiani e il concetto di barbaro nel Rinascimento.” Storia della Storiografia 52 (2007): 49-66.
  • “Miért Cicero? A cicerói értelmiségi modell és értékek reneszánsz adaptációjáról.” [Why Cicero? On the adaptation of Ciceronian values and models in the Renaissance] Korall 6 (2006): 106-131.
  • “Humanisten bei Hof: Öffentliche Selbstdarstellung und Karrierermuster.” In: Gerrit Walther, Thomas Maissen (Hrgb.): Funktionen des Humanismus. Studien zum Nutzen des Neuen in der humanistischen Kultur. Göttingen. 155-165.
  •  “The riddle of Themistius’ ‘Twelfth oration’ and the question of religious tolerance in the sixteenth century.” Central Europe 2 (2004): 83-108.

Conference papers

  • ‘Why Tycho Brahe needed the Emperor and vice versa? A study of scientific patronage • Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, Warwick, 17–20 April 2013.
  • ‘The most secret learning dedicated to Frederic V Elector Palatine:  About an anonymous pamphlet’  • Gábor Bethlen and Europe, Cluj (Romania), 24–26 October 2013.