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Sodality, Humanist
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1. Concept and functions

Sodality (Latin sodalitas, also: academia, contubernium, coetus, cohors) was the name adopted by the regional associations organized by the new Humanist educational and cultural elite (Bildung) in southern Germany and eastern Central Europe around 1500, for which their active correspondence network was the key precondition. The memberships of these groups – devoted to contemplation, work, and festivity – were homogenous neither i…

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Helmrath, Johannes, “Sodality, Humanist”, 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 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027612>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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