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.



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¶ The rebirth of Greek studies in Italy north of Rome owes its first tentative steps to Petrarch (1304–1374). Although he did not reach his destination, he ‘cleared the way for [. . .] those who wished to ascend after him’.1 Boccaccio (1313…