The Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts is a research centre of Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University in Olomouc. It is involved in the study of important works of European Christian culture with the aim to make them available to the Czech professional as well as the general public, and to prepare editions of as yet unpublished Latin manuscripts linked with the Czech lands. The Centre was formed as an interdisciplinary team made up of classical and medieval Latin philologists, philosophers, theologians and historians.

The Centre was started on July 2000 as a part of a program of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Physical Education "Research Centres", in 2005-2011 the Centre continued its work as a research program of St. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, and since 2012 the Centre has been involved in the project History and Interpretation of the Bible. In 2000-2004 the main researcher was prof. Lenka Karfíková, Dr. theol., in 2005-2011 the project was lead by prof. PhDr. Pavel Floss, from 2012 the activities of the Centre are coordinated by Dr. Vít Hušek.

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Correspondence address:

  Centre for Patristic,
Medieval and Renaissance Texts
CMTF UP
Univerzitní 22
771 11 Olomouc
Czech Republic
tel.: +420 585 637 400
fax +420 585 637 005
e-mail: centrum [@] cmtf.upol.cz

Visiting address: Třída 1. máje 5, 2nd floor



History and Interpretation of the Bible

Since 2012, the Centre has been involved in the project History and Interpretation of the Bible (No. P401/12/G168), a joint project of Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University of Prague (with participation of Catholic Theological Faculty and Faculty of Arts), Institute for Classical Studies, The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacký University in Olomouc. The project coordinator is Dr. Jan Dušek, coordinators at cooperating institutions are PhDr. Jiří Beneš and Dr. Vít Hušek.

The researchers of the Centre participate primarily in the unit 4 - Interpretations of the Bible in the Greek and Latin Fathers.

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2005-2011

In 2005-11, the activities of the Centre were financially supported by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic (research program of CMTF UP, no. MSM 6198959202). The Centre formed 11 research units, their outputs embrace 65 monographs and 77 chapters in books (published mostly in publishig houses Oikúmené, Vyšehrad and CDK Brno), and 63 studies in periodicals.

The Centre organized 10 international conferences:

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2000-2004

The centre was founded as a joint project of Palacky University in Olomouc, Masaryk University in Brno and The Institute for Classical Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with financial support of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic (project no. LN00A011). The main researcher for the project became doc. Lenka Karfiková, Dr. Theol., along with the co-researchers prof. PhDr. Jana Nechutová, CSc., and Hana Šedinová, Ph.D.

The Centre formed 40 research units, their outputs are 2 editions, 22 translations, 7 monographs, and 4 collections of papers. (See also a list of publications.)

 → Final report about our activities 2000-04 (in Czech):
Studia theologica 7, č. 2 [20] (2005): 97-100 (online in CEEOL).


Previous projects / Centre Continuity:

The Centre is building upon the work begun with the grant project Texts on the history of medieval thought 1-2 (grant project no. 401/97/0374 supported by the Czech Science Foundation), which was the work of the Institute for Classical Studies of the ASCR along with the Sts Cyril and Methodius Theological Faculty (head researcher doc. Lenka Karfíková, Dr.theol., along with Hana Šedinová, Ph.D.). The first run of the project was in 1997-1999, the second one no. 401/00/0133 in 2000-2002. As a part of this project two series of publications were started in co-operation with the Oikúmené Publishing House making available significant works of Medieval thought in bilingual editions accompanied by learned introductions and explanatory notes. The series are called Fontes Latini Bohemorum and The Library of the Medieval Tradition.

The Centre is also building upon the activities of the Section for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (established thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Education) under the leadership of Professor Pavel Floss, the Philosophical Faculty UP Olomouc. The Section is systematically involved in the research of Medieval and Renaissance philosophy, supervises the studies of young research workers in this specialisation and presents its research at an international research forum (conference - M. Ficino, R. Kalivoda, G. Bruno, M. Cusanus).

The Centre also follows up on the research and teaching activities of Professor Jana Nechutová from the Institute for Classical Studies, Masaryk University Brno, who supervises the postgraduate studies of young research workers with an interest in Latin Medieval studies. The development of this doctoral programme was supported by a grant project from the Open Society Fund foundation which in the year 2000 culminated with the accreditation of Doctoral Studies in Latin Medieval Studies as an independent programme.