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.


Manuals on Note-Taking (ars excerpendi)

(888 words)

Author(s): Blair, Ann M.
¶ Latin was the language of choice for humanist pedagogical manuals of many kinds, offering advice on the education of boys and of girls, the disciplines to study, the texts to read, and in what order,…

Medical Didactic Poetry

(877 words)

Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ Notwithstanding Petrarch’s Invective contra medicum, which set pious, learned poets in opposition to atheistic, barbarian physicians, early modern doctors were never shy about putting their prescriptions…


(7,364 words)

Author(s): Giglioni, Guido
Introduction: Language and Reality ¶ For a long time, western medicine has been a fundamentally trilingual experience, for Greek, Latin and Arabic were the languages that shaped the discipline for more tha…

Melanchthon, Philipp

(855 words)

Author(s): Springer, Carl P. E.
¶ Born Philipp Schwarzerd in 1497, Melanchthon (his Hellenised last name) studied at the Latin school at Pforzheim where he demonstrated an early mastery of the classics. He entered the University of H…