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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Author(s): Marsh, David
¶ In the late Quattrocento, a marble torso based on a Hellenistic statue was found on the grounds of the Palazzo Orsini in Rome. By 1501 Cardinal Oliviero Carafa had acquired the work from his Orsini r…


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Author(s): Marsh, David
¶ Pastoral poetry was the invention of the Hellenistic poet Theocritus ( c. 300–260 bce), whose extant works comprise about a dozen bucolic works with rustic settings, as well as various hymns, encomia, and epyllia…


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Author(s): Backus, Irena
¶ Preoccupation with the past and alignment with past beliefs and teachings is characteristic of Christianity, as it is of most religions. Any departure into new beliefs is generally considered tantamo…


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Author(s): de Beer, Susanna
¶ Patronage and Neo-Latin studies are related in several different ways. First of all, as a sociological phenomenon, patronage was an important requirement for many Neo-Latin writers to gain their live…

Perotti’s Cornu copiae

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Author(s): Pade, Marianne
¶ Niccolò Perotti (1430–1480) dedicated the last years of his life to the redaction of Cornu copiae seu linguae latinae commentarii (Horn of Plenty or Commentaries on the Latin Language, 1477–1480), which was to contain …

Petrarca, Francesco

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Author(s): Enenkel, Karl A. E.
¶ Francesco (Franciscus) Petrarca or Francis Petrarch (o20-7-1304 in Arezzo, †19-7-1374 in Arquà) was the eldest son of Elietta Canigiani and the Florentine notary Ser Piero Petracco, who was exiled in 1302 because he belonged to the bia…