Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Edited by : Manfred Landfester

For the thinkers, artists and scholars of the Renaissance, antiquity was a major source of inspiration; it provided renewed modes of scholarship, led to corrections of received doctrine and proved a wellspring of new achievements in almost every area of human life. The 130 articles in this volume cover not only well known figures of the Renaissance such as Copernicus, Dürer, and Erasmus but also overall themes such as architecture, agriculture, economics, philosophy and philology as well as many others.

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Idyll

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Author(s): Ciccolella, Federica (College Station, Texas)
A. Genre A.1. Antiquity and Middle Ages The word I. (Greek  eidýllion, 'sketch') denotes a short, descriptive literary work in verse or prose. Theocritus, in the 3rd cent. BC, developed the I. as a poem in dactylic hexameters on realistic, everyday subjects, occasionally incorporating myths and dialogues.  The Hellenistic poets Moschus and Bion, and especially the Roman poet Virgil in his bucolic poetry ( Bucolica or  EclogaeEclogues), made the I. a poetic representation of an idealized rustic, pastoral world. Virgil also founded the tradition of portraying…
Date: 2016-11-24