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 his survey of the classical literature useful to an orator, the first-century rhetorician Quintilian famously asserts that ‘satire is an entirely Roman genre’ ( satura quidem tota nostra est): Satire, on the other hand, is all…

School Colloquia

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Author(s): Deneire, Tom
¶ The school colloquium is a subgenre of the Renaissance dialogue. In humanist times the dialogue genre—which more or less starts with Petrarch’s De remediis utriusque fortunae (1366)—brought forth works of two different kinds…


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Author(s): Mengelkoch, Dustin
¶ The term scribe seemingly describes a neutral subject, that of a person who simply copied or wrote something by hand, for whatever purpose. Although it harkens back to the image of a mediaeval copyist …

Secundus, Joannes

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Author(s): Stevenson, Jane
¶ Joannes Secundus (Jan Everaertz/Nicolai) was born in The Hague on 15 November 1511, the child of a humanist family. His mother was Elizabeth Bladel (1466–1547) and his father was Nicolas Everaertz (1…

Seneca’s Philosophical Works—Editions and Commentaries

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Author(s): Kraye, Jill
¶ Before the late sixteenth century, there was confusion among Renaissance writers as to how the large corpus of works attributed to the two Senecas, father and son—consisting of rhetorical declamation…


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Author(s): Balserak, Jon
¶ The sermon, an oration by a religious leader, is integral to the life of the Christian church. Its origin may be traced, in a certain sense, to the sermon Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, thou…