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.


Book Hunting

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Author(s): Mengelkoch, Dustin
¶ Book hunting in the age before the printing press was largely an Italian humanist enterprise. Beginning with Lovato Lovati (1241–1309) and ending with Poggio Bracciolini (1380–1459) it spanned roughl…

Borrowings from Ancient Geography: Transmission or Treason

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Author(s): Mund-Dopchie, Monique
¶ The geography of the ancients is a cultural asset from which the geographers of the Renaissance drew ample material when describing the Discoveries which expanded their representations of the earth. …


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Author(s): Reeds, Karen | Charmantier, Isabelle
¶ All modern biologists use a form of Neo-Latin for a very particular purpose: bestowing unique scientific names on living things, from microorganisms to Homo sapiens. However, taxonomic botanists are probably the only people…

Bruni—De interpretatione recta

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Author(s): Pade, Marianne
¶ Leonardo Bruni (1370–1444) was a pupil of Manuel Chrysoloras ( c. 1350–1415), the Byzantine scholar and diplomat who taught Greek at Florence in the last years of the fourteenth century.1 Chrysoloras is often credited with the h…

Budé, Guillaume

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Author(s): Sandy, Gerald
¶ A Parisian de vieille roche, Guillaume Budé (1468–1540) rarely left his native city, except when he joined two diplomatic missions to Italy in 1501 and 1504 and when he went to Orléans at the age of fift…