In their range and breadth, the essays in this collection illustrate the cultural force of Neo-Latin in Early Modern Europe. Neo-Latin was a vehicle for the translation of other languages; it united people across boundaries of ethnicity and nation; it carried with it the legacy of classical Latinity; it provided insight into religious doctrine; it shaped the development of early modern vernaculars; and, not least, it offered both style and substance to the evolving practice of Renaissance literary and textual criticism. To the degree that the humanities recognize their roots in the fifteenth-century studia humanitatis — the fields of grammar, rhetoric, history, poetry, and moral philosophy — they are also conscious of how these fields flourish in the domain of Latin culture.
“This rich volume gathers essays of lasting significance that are original, profound, and written in remarkably accessible and lively prose. While some present original primary-source scholarship, others offer magisterial surveys of the current state of play in Neo-Latin Studies. Collectively, they make a compelling case for the vitality of that field and its abiding relevance to the humanities writ large.”
- Kenneth Gouwens, University of Connecticut
“This volume is a fitting tribute to the scholarship of Charles Fantazzi. Its eleven excellent articles by renowned scholars in the field of Neo-Latin philology, Renaissance humanism, and the history of early modern learning are of extraordinary quality and break new ground in a variety of ways.”
- Marc Laureys, Universität Bonn
Luc Deitz is Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg and Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Latin at the University of Trier (Germany).
Timothy Kircher is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Guilford College.
Jonathan Reid is Associate Professor of Renaissance and Reformation History at East Carolina University.
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