Minervalia update 4: Did you know that … the theme of the Minervalia also fits in this time?

Minervalia update 4: Did you know that … the theme of the Minervalia also fits in this time?

11 Apr 2019

In ancient times in Rome, the Minervalia was an annual festival from 18 to 22 March, in honor of Minerva. Among other things, plays were performed and topics from the literature were discussed. Inspired by this, Jean Guyot wrote the book De Minervalia, which was printed in 1554 by the first Maastricht city printer, Jacob Baethen.

Victory of science and study

A comedy was a new genre in our region in the mid-16th century. The Minervalia shows in a humorous way the victory of science and study over stupidity and ignorance. In seven acts, Minerva, the seven liberal arts and the muses compete against the characters Ignorance, Discord, Envy and Self-love. In today’s society, where the individual, not always founded opinion and the gut feeling prevail, the Minervalia has lost none of its relevance, it seems.


All help is welcome to get the Minervalia back to Maastricht! Help via umcrowd.nl




Milou Schreuders and Susanne Snijders, both communication officers at resp. University Fund Limburg/SWOL and the University Library



This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.


Liberal arts:
Study programme of liberal people at antique and medieval European schools, in particular universities. According to the medieval ideal of education: grammar, rhetoric, dialectics / logic, geometry, arithmetic, astronomy and music.

The nine muses were the goddesses of art and science in Greek mythology and presented the inspiration.


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Last updated: 11/04/19

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