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

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Edited by : Manfred Landfester

For the thinkers, artists and scholars of the Renaissance, antiquity was a major source of inspiration; it provided renewed modes of scholarship, led to corrections of received doctrine and proved a wellspring of new achievements in almost every area of human life. The 130 articles in this volume cover not only well known figures of the Renaissance such as Copernicus, Dürer, and Erasmus but also overall themes such as architecture, agriculture, economics, philosophy and philology as well as many others.

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Biblical poetry

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Author(s): Huber-Rebenich, Gerlinde (Bern)
A. Concept and ancient foundations B. is not a literary genre, but a term covering a broad spectrum of texts presenting biblical and Bible-related material in verse [15.134]. Although the distinction with  carmina sacra in the wider sense (e.g. hymns) is blurred, particularly since the latter often take up biblical motifs, the focus of the present article is on works that present canonical episodes from the Bible in poetic forms inherited from Antiquity.In its confrontation with pagan literature and cultural traditions, Christian Late Antiquity produced a plethora…
Date: 2016-11-24


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Author(s): Kahle, Manuela (München)
A. DefinitionDescriptions of lives have been written since Classical Antiquity [19.126 f.], and no doubt in some shape or form ever since people began to use written communication. Despite the rising significance of the biographical genre and the extraordinary abundance of its literary and rhetorical forms, the term 'B.' was unknown in the Renaissance. Biographical writings bear titles such as  Bíos, Vita, De viris illustribusExempla or Commentarii. They are incorporated in works of historiography, funerary rhetoric, encomia, epitaphs, epigrams and letters…
Date: 2016-11-24