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

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Valla, Lorenzo
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A. Life and work

The Italian Humanist and philologist Laurentius V. (or della Valle; Vallensis) was probably born in 1406 at Rome, the son of a senior official at the papal Curia, and died on August 1, 1457, also at Rome. Because the University of Rome was closed at the time following the Sack of Rome, V. for the most part educated himself and taught himself the ancient languages, for which he was much admired. As a young man around 1430, he tried to enter the Curia, but the outspokenness of his campaign was excessive and he was rebuffed. The ensuing phase as professor of eloquence at Pavia (c. 1431…

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Bezner, Frank (Berkeley), “Valla, Lorenzo”, 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 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_005002>
First published online: 2015



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