Dirk van Miert, Ph.D. (2004) in Latin, University of Amsterdam, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Warburg Institute, London. He has published on many aspects of early modern intellectual history and is co-editor of the correspondence of Joseph Scaliger.
Anyone interested in early modern methods and substance of higher education, the Republic of Letters, Amsterdam, humanism, Aristotelianism and seventeenth-century rhetoric, history, philosophy, law, medicine and theology.
"Through careful analysis of this corpus of texts embracing a broad range of disciplines, Van Miert exhibits not only mastery of the neo-Latin language of academic teaching with its disciplinary varieties, but above all 'that' he is able to reconstruct the intellectual background and the doctrinal scope of teaching at the Amsterdam Atheneaeum during the seventeenth century." Willem Frijhoff, History of Universities Volume XXV, No. 2 (2011) pp. 173-179.
Clear, graceful and thorough, this is a distinguished and rewarding contribution to the history of higher education.
Joseph M. McCarthy (Suffolk University) in Seventeenth-Century News, 2010:68, 3-4.
Table of contents
PART I: A HISTORY
1. Higher Education in the Low Countries
2. An Amsterdam Cortege
PART 2: TEACHING PRACTICES
3. Private teaching
4. Public teaching
5. Semi-public teaching
6. Holidays, timetables and absences
PART 3: THE CONTENTS OF TEACHING
7. The arts I: the rhetorical subjects
8. The arts II: the philosophical subjects
9. The teaching of law
10. The teaching of medicine
11. The teaching of theology
PART 4: CONCLUSION AND APPENDICES
Appendix 1: Timeline of professors
Appendix 2: Geographical origins of students defending disputations, 1650-1670
Appendix 3: Easter and Pentecost holidays at the Athenaeum