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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Introduction

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Introduction A. ‘Renaissance Humanism’ as a historical and cultural conceptThe double term used in the title of this volume should be understood as denoting a historical concept in its first element and a cultural one in its second. It should thus be read as connoting ‘Humanism during the Renaissance’. Regardless of its original sense, therefore, the term ‘Renaissance’ (Italian rinascità and rinascimento) is used here not in the sense of a ‘period of rebirth of pagan Antiquity’, but simply to designate the first phase of the ‘Western European’ (i.e. Latin…
Date: 2016-11-24