Greeks and Latins in Renaissance Italy: Studies on Humanism and Philosophy in the 15th Century, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Greeks and Latins in Renaissance Italy

Studies on Humanism and Philosophy in the 15th Century, 1st Edition

By John Monfasani


352 pages

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The twelve essays in this new collection by John Monfasani examine how, in particular cases, Greek émigrés, Italian humanists, and Latin scholastics reacted with each other in surprising and important ways. After an opening assessment of Greek migration to Renaissance Italy, the essays range from the Averroism of John Argyropoulos and the capacity of Nicholas of Cusa to translate Greek, to Marsilio Ficino's position in the Plato-Aristotle controversy and the absence of Ockhamists in Renaissance Italy. Theodore Gaza receives special attention in his roles as translator, teacher, and philosopher, as does Lorenzo Valla for his philosophy, theology, and historical ideas. Finally, the life and writings of a protégé of Cardinal Bessarion, the Dominican friar Giovanni Gatti, come in for their first extensive study.


'Monfasani's book is a school of methodology and as such should be mandatory for all graduate students.' Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Greek Renaissance migrations; The Averroism of John Argyropoulos and his Quaestio utrum intellectus humanus sit perpetuus; L'insegnamento di Teodoro Gaza a Ferrara; Theodore Gaza as a philosopher; Greek and Latin learning in Theodore Gaza's Antirrheticon; The pseudo-Aristotelian Problemata and Aristotle's De Animalibus in the Renaissance; Giovanni Gatti of Messina: a profile and an unedited text; Nicholas of Cusa, the Byzantines, and the Greek language; Marsilio Ficino and the Plato-Aristotle controversy; Aristotelians, Platonists, and the missing Ockhamists: philosophical liberty in pre-Reformation Italy; The theology of Lorenzo Valla; Disputationes Vallianae; Indexes.

About the Author

John Monfasani is Professor in the Department of History, at the State University of New York at Albany, USA.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General