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.


Lascaris, Janus

(1,284 words)

Author(s): Sandy, Gerald
¶ Born in Constantinople to a branch of the Byzantine imperial family, Janus Lascaris Rhyndacenus, (1445–1534) was a boy when his family fled from that city-state after its fall to the Ottoman Turks i…

Latin and the Enlightenment

(1,979 words)

Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ In his ‘Preliminary Discourse’ to the

Latin and the Social Media

(1,263 words)

Author(s): Butterfield, David
¶ Although Latin has enjoyed few significant successes amidst its general decline in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the advent of the Internet has given it…

Latin in Latin America

(7,638 words)

Author(s): Laird, Andrew
¶ The name ‘Latin America’ has been used since the end of the nineteenth century to designate the regions of the Americas in which the ‘Latin languages’ of Spain and Portugal are spoken, …

Latin Translations of Place Names Unknown in the Ancient World

(1,191 words)

Author(s): Mund-Dopchie, Monique
¶ If there is a challenge which Latin geographic texts of the Renaissance have unfailingly confronted, it is that of the integration of new toponyms in travel narratives, in t…

Latin Vocabulary for New World Phenomena

(1,012 words)

Author(s): Mund-Dopchie, Monique
¶ Writing about ‘elsewhere’ entails oscillations between two extremes: bringing back the Other to Oneself, or giving evidence of radical otherness. Methods of writing that correspond…

Latin Words to Music

(7,145 words)

Author(s): Rasch, Rudolf
Introduction ¶ Although music is generally thought to have its roots in vocal music, the ‘marriage’ between words and music that takes place in vocal music is by no …

Letter Collections

(4,245 words)

Author(s): De Landtsheer, Jeanine
¶ The discovery by Petrarch (1304–1374) of Cicero’s Epistolae ad Atticum and the smaller collection…


(9,784 words)

Author(s): De Landtsheer, Jeanine
¶ Letter writing is a vers…

Letters of Dedication

(1,083 words)

Author(s): Verbeke, Demmy | De Landtsheer, Jeanine
¶ The origins of the dedicatory letter go back to Graeco-Roman antiquity. One of the …

Letter-Writing Manuals

(1,916 words)

Author(s): De Landtsheer, Jeanine
¶ The discovery of Cicero’s letters by Francesco Petrarca (1345) and Coluccio Salutati (1392) heralded a new era in letter-writing. Petrarch promptly set out to rewrite his letters and prepare his own Epistolae for pu…