Bernadette Preben-Hansen



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Qui ne sait se borner ne sut jamais écrire. Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, L'Art poétique 1674



Scientia est nobilis animi possessio, quae distributa recipit incrementum et avarum dedignatur possessorem. Nisi enim publicetur et multiplicetur, elabitur.

Johannes Dacus, Divisio Scientiarum c. 1280




"Nam etiam illa barbaria, quae trans oceanum habitat <in Oxford>, in illam <dialecticam> impetum fecit. At quae gentes, dii boni? Quorum etiam nomina perhorresco: Farabrich <Richard Ferrybridge †after 1367>, Buser <William Buser of Heusden †after 1413>, Occam <William Ockham †1347>, Suisset <Roger Swineshead †1365?>, aliique eiusmodi, qui omnes mihi videntur a rhadamantis cohorte traxisse cognomina. Et quid est (...) inquam, in dialectica quod non britannicis sophismatibus conturbatum sit?"


Leonardo Bruni. Ad Petrum Paulum Histrum dialogus. In: Prosatori latini del Quattrocento. Milano 1952, 58-60. So, why did Bruni complain so much ... ?

"Du skulle bare vide, hvor mange inkompetente mænd jeg har tabt til <herunder på Københavns Universitet> - forgæves" (Inge Lehmann, 1888-1993)

Bernadette Preben-Hansen

Birth name: Elisa Bernadette Preben-Hansen


Copenhagen (Vesterbro), Denmark




Filolog, født 1967 (Charlottenlund)

1994, kandidat (latin), Københavns Universitet

1999-2001, ph.d. stipendiat (skolastik) ved Groningen Universitet, Nederlandene


2004-2017, universitetsstudier i historie: filosofihistorie, kirkehistorie (læs: politisk historie), retshistorie, universitetshistorie (herunder Københavns Universitet) samt Tysklands, Ruslands, USSRs, Polens og Baltikums historie



Philologist (Latin), Danish, born 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Educated at the University of Copenhagen (The Institute of Greek and Latin Medieval Philology / Institute of Greek and Latin, MA 1994). Studies at Groningen University, COMERS, the Netherlands, as PhD fellow (student) 1999-2001: John Buridan †1360 and Buridanism at the Central European Universities 1350-1420


I am interested in medieval Latin sophismata and minor treatises on de incipit et desinit and on de primo et ultimo instanti. I have been working on selected commentaries on Aristotle's Physics. Currently (2017), I am carrying out the substantial updating of the E. P. Bos / L. M. de Rijk Database. Leiden: Medieval Logical Manuscripts (around 10.000 entries) on the basis of my list of our manuscripts. My travels in Europe (my symposia, and my library research on location). MY University of Copenhagen 1989 to 2017





MY WORK in progress 2017

Dansk krigsfangehjælp i Rusland 1917-1920 (200 pages, book in Danish). The Danish Aid to POWs in Russia 1917-1920 (25 pages, article in English)


Harald Scavenius: en dansk diplomat i Europa (120 pages, book in Danish). A Danish Diplomat in Europe (25 pages, article in English)


In the Footsteps of Jean Buridan†1360 (4-5 articles): Henry Totting of Oyta†1397 (no Buridanist), Roger of Roermond†1409, Blasius of Parma†1416 (no Buridanist), Frederick of Nuremberg†1464. My PhD thesis as articles in English. In the Footsteps of Lambert Marie de Rijk



The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Sea around Denmark


John Dumbleton's Summa Logicae 14C

Theories of Paradox in Fourteenth-Century Logic: Edition and Translation of Key Texts



Speaking: Danish (native), English, Dutch, some German

Reading (modern languages): the above plus French, Italian, and some elementary Russian

Reading (classical languages): Latin, some Classical Greek, some Biblical Hebrew


THE SAXO LIBRAY Greek and Latin




"Science, scholarship and books go together.

Without books no science or scholarship"

Sten Ebbesen


The Danes, science, scholarship, and books in the Middle Ages. Living Words and Luminous Pictures: Medieval book culture in Denmark (ed. Erik Petersen). Copenhagen 1999 (87-7023-396-9), 119



"The work on this book has been performed in the Institute of Greek and Latin Medieval Philology <SAXO> under the University of Copenhagen. Had I not got the chance to work there, I could never have written it" Niels Jørgen Green-Pedersen


The Tradition of the Topics in the Middle Ages, The Commentaries on Aristotle’s and Boethius’ Topics. München 1984 (3-88-405-046-X), 9

Born 1967 in Copenhagen (Elisa Bernadette Preben-Hansen)

1988-1994 (-1999): Educated at the University of Copenhagen: The Institute of Greek and Latin Medieval Philology / Institute of Greek and Latin / The SAXO Institute


14-3-1991: engagement to Sten Ebbesen (15-12-1989: his initiative as the Director of Institute of Greek and Latin, University of Copenhagen). Our engagement was strongly opposed by the Department secretary (Hannah Krogh Hansen)


1991: cohabitation with Marie Delgado Ebbesen, b. 1972 (Skolevej 20, 2820 Gentofte)


1994, MA (Latin). In Denmark, one candidate is allowed, only!


25-6-1999, I was notified by the University of Copenhagen (Kirsten Stenbjerre & Dorrit Wivel) that I would not be permitted to defend my PhD thesis there (due to Professor Sten Ebbesen). In 2009 and 2017, I was notified again on the same


1999-2001, Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, as PhD Fellow


2004, the University of Copenhagen granted me a personal library & microfilm permission: The SAXO Library, Greek and Latin – at the Royal Library of Copenhagen; confirmed by the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman (2011), but first effectuated by the University of Copenhagen many years later (2012, 2015)


2005-2017: University studies - with no exams (due to 25-6-1999)


2015, Professor Sten Ebbesen remains refusing me working access - since 1993 - to books and microfilms of the SAXO Library, Greek and Latin (Hanne Møller, 2015)


2017, Today, I can only work due to the IT era, PDF-files, the digitalization of medieval manuscripts, available on the Internet, and my frequent travelling to European research libraries (with a digital camera)


Of course, I do wish to defend my PhD, my second MA, and my university studies since 2004


University of Copenhagen, 1989-1991 (Sten Ebbesen), 1994-1999 (Sten Ebbesen), 2000-2017, in perpetuo