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

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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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Reuchlin, Johannes

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Author(s): Riedel, Volker (Berlin)
A. Life and workThe German Humanist, philosopher, poet, jurist, diplomat, philologist and translator Johannes (or Johann) R. was born on January 29, 1455 at Pforzheim and died on June 30, 1522 at Stuttgart. His name was sometimes Hellenized as Kapnion (from  kapnós, 'smoke', playing on German Rauch; also Capnion/Capnio). He was the son of Georg R., a monastery official. Through his sister, Elisabeth Reuter, he was a great-uncle of Philipp Melanchthon. After attending the Lateinschule at Pforzheim, he studied (from 1470) grammar, philosophy and rhetoric at Freiburg. In…
Date: 2016-11-24