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.


The Classification of Neo-Latin Didactic Poetry from the Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries

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Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ To begin at the beginning, or, as Lucretius would have put it, principio: Neo-Latin didactic poetry is, by and large, propagated from the Roman cultivars of Virgil’s Geor…

The Curriculum of the Collège de Guyenne (1583)

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Author(s): Garrod, Raphaële
¶ In 1583, Élie Vinet, who was principal of the College of Guyenne in Bordeaux, published the Statuta Acquitanica, t…

The Greek Anthology

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Author(s): Stevenson, Harry
¶ The poems of the Greek Anthology survive in two main collections, the Planudean Anthology

The Greek Diaspora and Neo-Latin Literature (Fifteenth-Seventeenth Centuries)

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Author(s): Lamers, Han
¶ From the fifteenth century onwards, scholars from the Greek-speaking world moved to the Latin West due to a combination of political, cultural, and economic reasons. The study of Greek scholars in Eu…

The Jesuit Ratio studiorum (1599 Edition). Prescribed Texts: Grammar, the Humanities, Rhetoric, and Philosophy

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Author(s): Garrod, Raphaële
¶ The 1599 Jesuit Ratio studiorum was the rough curricular canvas for all Jesuit colleges throughout the early modern period, and remained the pedagogical frame of reference for the Order until its dissolu…

The Neo-Latin Epic

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Author(s): Kallendorf, Craig
Introduction ¶ The Neo-Latin epic presents an unusual series of challenges to the modern reader. In their own day the poems written in this genre, of which there are more than a hundred, were understood to occupy th…

Theological Discourse

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Author(s): Balserak, Jon
¶ The Apostle Paul, revered by the vast majority of Renaiss…

The Passion(s) of Jesuit Latin

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Author(s): Haskell, Yasmin
¶ Was there ever such a thing as Jesuit Latin, and if so, how and why did it die? By the mid-eighteenth century,

The Reformation

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Author(s): Springer, Carl P. E.
¶ The dramatic resurgence of interest during the early modern period in reading, speaking, and writing Latin in the classical style should be associated not only with the Renaissance, as it often is, b…

Thou, Jacques Auguste de

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Author(s): De Smet, Ingrid A. R.
¶ Jacques Auguste de Thou (Iacobus Augustus Thuanus, 1553–1617) distinguished himself in Neo-Latin literature as the author of a monumental contemporary history. He also left a Latin autobiography and …