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Renaissance Humanism, from the Middle Ages to Modern Times

1st Edition

By John Monfasani


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Starting with an essay on the Renaissance as the concluding phase of the Middle Ages and ending with appreciations of Paul Oskar Kristeller, the great twentieth-century scholar of the Renaissance, this new volume by John Monfasani brings together seventeen articles that focus both on individuals, such as Erasmus of Rotterdam, Angelo Poliziano, Marsilio Ficino, and Niccolò Perotti, and on large-scale movements, such as the spread of Italian humanism, Ciceronianism, Biblical criticism, and the Plato-Aristotle Controversy. In addition to entering into the persistent debate on the nature of the Renaissance, the articles in the volume also engage what of late have become controversial topics, namely, the shape and significance of Renaissance humanism and the character of the Platonic Academy in Florence.

Table of Contents

Preface. The Renaissance: The Renaissance as the concluding phase of the Middle Ages. Renaissance Humanism: Italian Humanism and European culture; Erasmus and the philosophers; Erasmus, the Roman Academy, and Ciceronianism: Battista Casali’s invective; The Ciceronian controversy; Renaissance Ciceronianism and Christianity; Criticism of biblical humanists in Quattrocento Italy; Angelo Poliziano, Aldo Manuzio, Theodore Gaza, George of Trebizond and chapter 90 of the Miscellaneorum Centuria Prima (with an edition and translation); The puzzling dates of Paolo Cortesi; Niccolò Perotti’s date of birth and his preface to De Generibus Metrorum; Marsilio Ficino and Eusebius of Caesaria’s Praeparatio Evangelica; Prisca Theologia in the Plato-Aristotle controversy before Ficino; Two 15th-century ‘Platonic academies’: Bessarion’s and Ficino’s; Quality control in Renaissance translations: a note of Pietro Balbi to Cardinal Oliviero Carafa. Paul Oskar Kristeller: Toward the genesis of the Kristeller thesis of Renaissance humanism: four bibliographical notes; Kristeller and manuscripts; Paul Oskar Kristeller †. Addenda et corrigenda. Indexes.

About the Author

John Monfasani is Professor in the Department of History, 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. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century