Sam Kennerley

Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2020-2021

Degree
Ph.D., History, University of Cambridge, 2018
Dissertation
The Reception of John Chrysostom and the Study of Ancient Christianity in Early Modern Europe, c.1440-1600
Research Project
Writing Greek back into the History of Greek Patristics: Two Case-studies from Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Rome

Sam Kennerley is a historian of ideas, whose research explores patristic scholarship, religious plurality, and learned correspondence in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Europe. Dr. Kennerley studied at the University of St Andrews and Trinity College, Cambridge, before taking up a Research Fellowship at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He has published about the patristic scholarship of Roger Ascham, Josse Clichtove, and Desiderius Erasmus, as well as about the Ethiopian community of early modern Rome. A book based on his PhD thesis, The Reception of John Chrysostom in Early Modern Europe, is under contract with Walter de Gruyter.

About the Research Project
Writing Greek back into the History of Greek Patristics: Two Case-studies from Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Rome

Dr. Kennerley will pursue two research projects while at the Seeger Center. The first of these projects will explore two editions of the fifth-century exegete Theodoret of Cyrus that were printed in Rome between 1547 and 1548. Drawing upon the correspondence of Marcello Cervini, Dr. Kennerley will show how these editions stimulated protests among the Greek community of Rome, which in turn expose possibilities for religious dissent that were available to Greek Christians just after the re-creation of the Roman Inquisition. The second project will provide the first English-language study of the Renaissance scholar Francesco Griffolini, demonstrating how Griffolini’s Greek exemplars and contact with Greek scholars like Cardinal Bessarion shaped his Latin translations of classical and patristic literature.