Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World

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With its striking range and penetrating depth, Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World traces the enduring history and wide-ranging cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this comprehensive reference work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences.

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Alberti, Leon Battista

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Author(s): Hermans, Lex
¶ Battista Alberti (1404–1472), who would later add Leon to his Christian name, was born in Genoa as the illegitimate son of a wealthy Florentine merchant whose family was banished from their hometown.…