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Renaissance
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1. Concept

1.1. Renaissance as the rebirth of classical antiquity

“Renaissance” (Italian rinascitàrinascimento, “rebirth”) developed in the 15th century into a general term for the reception of classical antiquity (Antiquity, reception of) in Humanism. The Latin verb renasci (to be born again) is found as early as 1430 in the context of rhetoric in the …

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Walther, Gerrit, Scattola, Merio, Pfisterer, Ulrich, Satzinger, Georg, Wiedner, Saskia and Meine, Sabine, “Renaissance”, 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 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026583>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210702



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