Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World

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Edited by: Philip Ford (†), Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi

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With its striking range and penetrating depth, Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World traces the enduring history and wide-ranging cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this comprehensive reference work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences.


Early Modern Philosophical Systems

(9,829 words)

Author(s): van Bunge, Wiep
¶ The occurrence of an entry on early modern philosophical systems in an encyclopaedia of Neo-Latin studies is fraught with complications, if only on account of the gradual disappearance during the ear…

Editing Neo-Latin Texts: Editorial Principles; Spelling and Punctuation

(1,620 words)

Author(s): Deneire, Tom
¶ The edition of Neo-Latin texts is a precarious and much debated enterprise. All things considered, there is little use in prescribing rigid norms or standards. Editorial principles and practises may—…

Educational Treatises from Italy

(858 words)

Author(s): Kallendorf, Craig
¶ The rise of Neo-Latin literature was tied to an educational reform, in which the mediaeval emphasis on practical, pre-professional education was challenged by the Renaissance humanists, who shifted t…

Education—Desiderius Erasmus

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Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ Erasmus of Rotterdam is one of the great educators of the Western world, and from the Renaissance, he is undoubtedly the best. As a student in Paris, he gave lessons to young men—strangers like himse…

Education—Juan Luis Vives

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Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ Juan Luis Vives (1493–1540) studied scholastic logic in Paris with two well-known teachers, the Fleming Jan Dullaert and the Aragonese Gaspar Lax, from whom he learnt the scholastic dialectic method …