Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World

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Subject: History

Edited by: Philip Ford (†), Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi

With its striking range and penetrating depth, Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World traces the enduring history and wide-ranging cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this comprehensive reference work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences.


Imitation, Emulation, Ciceronianism, Anti-Ciceronianism

(8,822 words)

Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ The term ‘imitation’ in this context does not have the larger philosophical implications of the Greek term mimesis, as used by Plato and Aristotle, but rather the m…

Indigenous American Latinists

(1,046 words)

Author(s): Laird, Andrew
¶ The Franciscans’ initiative of teaching Latin to native students in the New World began in 1513 with the education of Taino children on the island of Hi…


(9,015 words)

Author(s): Sacré, Dirk
¶ Inscriptions remain the least studied branch of Neo-Latin letters, despite constituting an autonomous genre governed by its own rules,…