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Italia illustrata
(965 words)

1. The first national geography

The Latin Italia illustrata (“Italy illumined [by fame]”), written from 1448 by Flavio Biondo, papal secretary and clerk of the apostolic chancellery, and published unfinished in 1453, was the first Humanist description of Italy, indeed of any European country, and a model of national self-definition that resonated across Europe. Abandoning the universal perspective of the me…

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Müller, Gernot Michael, “Italia illustrata”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021537>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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