Apodemica
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The term “apodemica” denotes the methodology of the early modern Bildungsreise and the associated literary genre. The word is a Humanist neologism based on Greek apodemeín (“to leave home, travel abroad”); it was first used as a noun at the end of the 18th century [2], though it had been used adjectivally since the late 16th century. The art of travel (Latin ars apodemica or prudentia peregrinandi; compare French art de voyager, German ReisekunstReiseklugheit) was a creation of German/Swiss/Dutch academic Humanism [4]; [3]; [5]; [1]. Works seeking to standardize…

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Stagl, Justin, “Apodemica”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 19 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016935>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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