Interpretations of Renaissance Humanism by Angelo Mazzocco

By Angelo Mazzocco

Authored by means of essentially the most preeminent Renaissance students energetic this day, the essays of this quantity supply clean and illuminating analyses of vital points of Renaissance humanism, equivalent to the time and motives of its starting place, its connection to the papal courtroom and medieval traditions, its classical studying, its non secular and literary dimensions, and its dramatis personae . Their interpretations are different to the purpose of being contradictory. The essays endure the imprint of the paintings of the eminent students of the second one 1/2 the 20th century, particularly Kristeller’s, and exhibit an knowledge of many of the modes of severe inquiry that experience prevailed in recent times. As such they're a major exemplar of present scholarship on Renaissance humanism and are, as a result, essential to the student who needs to discover this pivotal cultural circulate.

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Consequently, whereas in Padua the study and teaching of grammar and participation in government were frequently continuous, in Bologna no such connection existed. For Bolognese teachers of grammar, politics lacked the immediacy it held for their counterparts in Padua and, as a result, grammatical learning remained more academic. As I have suggested, it was the Paduan grammarians’ sense of urgency, of moral and political crisis, born of their practical political experience, which sent them to the ancient writers in search of models according to which they could reform their own age.

For a fuller account of Kristeller’s assessment of the relationship between Latin and vernacular and for an understanding of the correlation between his extensive manuscript research and his treatment of important issues of Renaissance humanism, see Mazzocco, “Kristeller and the Vernacular,” pp. 163–81, especially pp. 168–69 and 178–80. 64 As noted in the Preface, the articles in this volume originated in panels presented at the RSA Annual Meetings in 2003 and 2004. The authors of the articles in this volume may have attended other authors’ oral presentations but have not seen the papers in written form.

52–53, identifies two notaries, magister Traversino and magister Ugo, each of whom “docet scolares” in 1254. Magister Luchesius olim Johannis Caurete (1254), identified by Rolandino eight years later as “professor” in “grammatica et rhetorica,” is also recorded here, but again without any indication of whether he was a layman or a cleric. 16 Rolandinus, Cronica in factis et circa facta Marchie Trivixane, ed. A. Bonardi (Città di Castello, 1905–08), RSI, bk. ” 17 Gloria, Monumenti dell’Università di Padova, pp.

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