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Education—Desiderius Erasmus

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Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ Erasmus of Rotterdam is one of the great educators of the Western world, and from the Renaissance, he is undoubtedly the best. As a student in Paris, he gave lessons to young men—strangers like himse…

Neo-Latin Literature—Italy: The Cinquecento

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Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ Latin letters continued to flourish throughout the Cinquecento in Italy, although at the time there was also an increase of literature written in the vernacular, due to its legitimation by Bembo in his Prose della volgar lingua (1525).…

Imitation, Emulation, Ciceronianism, Anti-Ciceronianism

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Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ The term ‘imitation’ in this context does not have the larger philosophical implications of the Greek term mimesis, as used by Plato and Aristotle, but rather the more restricted meaning given to it in Hellenistic ti…

Bembo, Pietro

(1,257 words)

Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ As has often been pointed out, 23 June 1491 was an important date in the life of Pietro Bembo (1470–1547). He was twenty-one years old, and Pico della Mirandola and Poliziano had stopped at the Bembo…

Education—Juan Luis Vives

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Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ Juan Luis Vives (1493–1540) studied scholastic logic in Paris with two well-known teachers, the Fleming Jan Dullaert and the Aragonese Gaspar Lax, from whom he learnt the scholastic dialectic method …

Revival of Classical Texts

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Author(s): Fantazzi, Charles
¶ While there were many revivals of classical texts both in the East and the West through the centuries, to speak only of the renewal of learning in the Carolingian period or in Byzantium in the ninth …