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Querelle des anciens et des modernes
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1. Concept

The term Querelle des anciens et des modernes (Dispute of the ancients and moderns) covers a multitude of controversies and polemical writings of the 17th and 18th centuries that compared modern art, literature, scholarship, and science with the accomplishments of Greco-Roman antiquity and claimed superiority for one or the other (see also Antiquity, reception of). The querelle revolved around the classicist question of whether the present was superior to antiqui…

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Chihaia, Matei, “Querelle des anciens et des modernes”, 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 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026104>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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