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PLATONIC WORDS: PAOLO SARPI AND ROBERTO BELLARMINO AS TRANSLATORS IN THE VENETIAN INTERDICT CRISIS
At this CMRS Roundtable, Professor Darcy Kern (History, Southern Connecticut State University) considers translation practices in pre- and post-Tridentine Catholic Europe, particularly as they relate to the Venetian interdict crisis and the vernacular pamphlet battle between Paolo Sarpi and Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino. Close attention to debates about the meaning of words reveals that Sarpi, an anti-papalist and anti-Trent polemicist, adhered closely to Tridentine standards while Bellarmino did not. Topics of enquiry include the Platonic nature of words, the politics of translation, and anonymity.