Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Biography
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A. Definition

Descriptions of lives have been written since Classical Antiquity [19.126 f.], and no doubt in some shape or form ever since people began to use written communication. Despite the rising significance of the biographical genre and the extraordinary abundance of its literary and rhetorical forms, the term 'B.' was unknown in the Renaissance. Biographical writings bear titles such as Bíos, Vita, De viris illustribusExempla or Commentarii. They are incorporated in works of historiography, funerary rhetoric, encomia, epitaphs, epigrams and letters…

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Kahle, Manuela (München), “Biography”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004811>
First published online: 2015



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