Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World

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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.


Epicureanism and the Other Hellenistic Philosophies

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Author(s): Kraye, Jill
¶ From the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, each of the three main Hellenistic schools of philosophy—Epicureanism, Stoicism, and scepticism—underwent a revival, in which Neo-Latin writing played a…

Epigrams and Epitaphs (on Art and Artists)

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Author(s): Gahtan, Maia Wellington
¶ Epigrams and epitaphs on art and artists form a small but significant subcategory within these poetic genres of Neo-Latin literature. Epigrams on works of art originate in Hellenistic Greece, and whi…

Epigrams—The Classical Tradition

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Author(s): Nisbet, Gideon
¶ In fact, if one were to ask the question what a humanist is, a seemingly challenging, yet appropriate, answer would be: ‘a person that composes Neo-Latin epigrams and private letters.’1 The epigram, a short poem typically in eleg…

Erasmus—The Adagia, and the Assimilation of the Literary Culture of Classical Antiquity

(666 words)

Author(s): Taylor, Andrew
¶ Erasmus’s handling of the usage, meaning and application of the proverbs and popular sayings of antiquity in the Adagia made his literary reputation. The 818 short entries published in Paris as the Collectanea in 1500 were vastly e…

Erasmus—Theological Writings

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Author(s): Springer, Carl P. E.
¶ Many of the Latin writings of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, born around 1469, are directly or indirectly theological in nature. As a Christian humanist, intent on exposing the abuses of power in t…

Erasmus—The Praise of Folly

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Author(s): Trapman, Johannes
¶ When travelling from Italy to England in 1509 the name of Thomas More, the friend Erasmus was to meet again, suggested to him the idea of writing a praise of folly (Greek: moria). In More’s London house he wrote the first version of his declam…