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Lucretius—Editions and Commentaries

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Author(s): Kraye, Jill
¶ Lucretius’ De rerum natura was first printed in Brescia c. 1472–1473. The publisher Thomas Ferrandus ( c. 1440– c. 1510) regretted that his edition was based on only one manuscript but expressed the hope that a more a…

Seneca’s Philosophical Works—Editions and Commentaries

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Author(s): Kraye, Jill
¶ Before the late sixteenth century, there was confusion among Renaissance writers as to how the large corpus of works attributed to the two Senecas, father and son—consisting of rhetorical declamation…

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…