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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Obelisk

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Author(s): Erben, Dietrich (München)
A. Architectural typeThe two monumental ancient architectural forms, the O. and the formally similar pyramid, only underwent systematic symbolic interpretation in the Renaissance. It was also only in this period that they began to be built in Europe. The O.s surviving from Antiquity were made in Egypt, Ethiopia and Assyria, and some were transported from Egypt to Rome from the reign of Augustus. There were pyramids in Ancient Egypt, and occasionally in Rome as funerary monuments (Pyramid of Cestiu…
Date: 2016-11-24

Occasional poetry

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Author(s): Fuchs, Thorsten (Gießen)
A. Definition and ancient models O. represents an important, perhaps the greater part of the production of Humanist neo-Latin poetry [15.54]. This article focuses mainly on neo-Latin poetry, with brief discussion of 16th and 17th-cent. vernacular O. in the concluding remarks.The defining features of O. according to the current view in literary science are a poem's connection with (1) an occasion and (2) an addressee. A public or private event offered an occasion for a poet to write a poem to an addressee, publicly to celebrate the e…
Date: 2016-11-24