Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic

By Ingrid D. Rowland

Ingrid Rowland writes and lectures on Classical Antiquity, the Renaissance and the Age of the Baroque for general as well as specialist readers. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome (1998), The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery (2004), and From Heaven to Arcadia (2005), a collection of essays.

She has published a translation of Vitruvius' Ten Books of Architecture (1999), an edition of the correspondence of Agostino Chigi from a Vatican Library manuscript (2001), and the exhibition catalog The Ecstatic Journey: Athanasius Kircher in Baroque Rome (2000). Books include a biography of Giordano Bruno titled, Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic, recently published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and reviewed with articles in The New Yorker and The Washington Post among other publications.

The New Republic said, “This is intellectual biography at its best.” Prof. Rowland has also published a translation of Bruno's dialogue On the Heroic Frenzies.

As an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, she received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Prof. Rowland previously taught at UCLA and Columbia University, as well as in the Rome programs of St. Mary's College and the University of California, Irvine.

After completing a BA in Classics at Pomona College, she earned her Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Greek Literature and Classical Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. She has been a Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, the Villa I Tatti in Florence and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.