Post from Elias Levita – A Franconian-Jewish scholar's life in Europe at the time of Renaissance, as witnessed by letters recently discovered at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

15 May 2018, 18:30
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Stefan Jakob Wimmer

Elias Levita, detail of one of his letters | © BSB

Elias Levita, detail of one of his letters | © BSB

About the lecture

One of the most famous Jewish humanists who spent the majority of his life in Italy is originally from Neustadt an der Aisch: Elijahu ha-Levi Ashkenazi (around 1470 – 1549), Latinised Elias Levita, lived in Rome in the household of the Cardinal Viterbo, was active in Venice, one of the centers of Hebrew book printing, founded Germany's first Hebrew printing shop in Isny in the Allgäu region together with the reformer Paul Fagius.

Two letters written in his own hand have recently been identified among the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, offering an occasion to shed a new light on the life and times of Elias Levita.

Information overview

Date15 May 2018, 18:30
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Friedrich-von-Gärtner-Saal, 1st floor
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 150/ 153/ 154, station/ bus stop Universität
Bus line 100/ 153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
RegistrationPlease register by e-mail to or by calling +49 89 28638-2115
AdmissionAdmission is free.