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.


Architectural Theory and the Church

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Author(s): Hermans, Lex
¶ From late antiquity onwards, the Christian Church has been an important patron of architecture in the Western world. The building of churches, monasteries, and other religious edifices was a major co…


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Author(s): Hermans, Lex
Introduction ¶ Not many works among the huge quantity of texts on architecture produced in Europe in the period between 1400 and 1800 are written in Latin. This is not to say that the works that are wer…

Aristotelianism and Scholasticism

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Author(s): Garrod, Raphaële
¶ The Oxford English dictionary defines scholasticism in the following two ways: Scholasticism: 1. The doctrines of the Schoolmen; the predominant theological and philosophical teaching of the period ad 1000–1500, based upon the…


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Author(s): von Martels, Zweder
¶ The growing political, economic, and cultural importance of the Near and the Far East in the last half century has raised fresh interest in the old contacts between Asia and Europe.1 These relations are laid down in a rich herita…

Astronomy and Astrology

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Author(s): Azzolini, Monica | Mosley, Adam
¶ It has recently been suggested that where contemporary historians are prone to see two distinct disciplines, astronomy and astrology, mediaeval and early modern scholars recognised one subject compri…


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Author(s): MacPhail, Eric
¶ Atheism has been theorized since antiquity as an unlikely dissent from the almost universal impulse of theism or belief in god. In his dialogue De natura deorum, Cicero (106–43 BC) stages a debate between the Stoic Balbus, th…