In Spain, his ideas attracted many New Christians and intellectuals who modeled their spirituality after his teachings and sought to draw the Catholic Church closer in line with his views. The outer doll represented Silenus, a clownish flute player and companion to Dionysus, the god of wine. The inner doll was a beautiful carving of a god. Alcibiades suggests that Socrates resembles these dolls: ugly and unimpressive on the surface, but great and wise within.
Was not he, too, a marvelous Silenus? The censor then cut out the remaining six pages of the entry. The section stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the book, which the censor left almost completely untouched. The second and third documents are excerpts from indexes of forbidden books. The final document below is the frontispiece of the Madrid edition of Don Quixote , featuring an image of book burning. By this time, the Inquisition was in decline, challenged more and more openly within Spain and widely ridiculed abroad. It would not be finally abolished until In what ways does Christ resemble a Silenus figure, according to Erasmus?
Why might the Inquisition have seen this passage as heretical or in some way critical of the Catholic Church? Why do you think the censor went to such lengths to preserve the two lines at the top of page and to black out the passages that follow? What is the role of adages in Don Quixote? Why do you think the Inquisition issued a rule prohibiting people from censoring or burning books on their own, without official direction?
How do they decide which books to save and which to burn? Does Cervantes parody the Inquisition in Don Quixote? Provide evidence from the text to support your answer. If it is a parody, why do you think the censors did not object to it? What do you think they hoped to accomplish with their efforts?
Do you think censorship was an effective way for the Spanish state to exercise power? Examine the frontispiece of the Madrid Don Quixote. How do you interpret the figures that appear alongside Quixote—the lion, the woman, and the cherub? What is the significance of the figure who conducts the book burning?
Anyone who had valued him skin-deep as they say would not have given twopence for him… Yet, had you opened this absurd Silenus [Socrates], you would have found, you may be sure, a divine being rather than a man, a great and lofty spirit worthy of a true philosopher, one who despised all the things for which other mortals run their races, sail the seas, toil, go to law, and fight in wars; a man above resenting any injury and over whom fortune had no power at all; so far from any fear that he despised even death…. Was not He too a marvelous Silenus, if one may be allowed to use such language of Him?
And I for my part do not see how any who proudly call themselves Christians can escape the duty of reproducing this to the utmost of their power. Observe the outside surface of this Silenus: to judge by ordinary standards, what could be humbler or more worthy of disdain? Translation from Desiderius Erasmus.
Collected Works of Erasmus , Vol. Translated and annotated by R. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, This list of books forbidden by the Inquisition devotes an entire section to the work of the Christian humanist Erasmus. The Expurgation of the Works of Erasmus of Rotterdam, completed and presented by the Faculty of Theology at the University of Louvain and by the College of Censors gathered at Antwerp, approved and upheld with Royal authority, published together with the other books contained in the expurgatory Index.
From Rule It is also forbidden for anyone, acting on their own authority, to remove such errors, or to tear, cross out words from, or burn books, papers, or pages in which such errors might be found, without first showing them to the Inquisitors, so that they might be aware of them and give orders for appropriate action.
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Please consider the following questions as you review the documents What was the geography of Spain in the seventeenth century? This map of Europe appeared in the earliest world atlas compiled by an Englishman. This map appears in a deluxe, illustrated edition of Don Quixote printed in Spain in C Location Special Collections 4th floor. Questions to Consider Examine the letter on behalf of Philip II and read the translation of the first paragraph.
Transcribed and translated by Glen Carman. Reverse side of manuscript letter. Questions to Consider What kinds of people, animals, and events do the illustrations from Amadis and Orlando portray? Can the same reader enjoy both? Or does Quixote spell the end of chivalric tales?
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