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.


Imitation, Emulation, Ciceronianism, Anti-Ciceronianism

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Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ The term ‘imitation’ in this context does not have the larger philosophical implications of the Greek term mimesis, as used by Plato and Aristotle, but rather the more restricted meaning given to it in Hellenistic ti…

Indigenous American Latinists

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Author(s): Laird, Andrew
¶ The Franciscans’ initiative of teaching Latin to native students in the New World began in 1513 with the education of Taino children on the island of Hispaniola by Hernándo Suárez, and later Achilles…


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Author(s): Sacré, Dirk
¶ Inscriptions remain the least studied branch of Neo-Latin letters, despite constituting an autonomous genre governed by its own rules,1 often displaying outstanding literary quality and supplying testimony to the inte…