- The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin
- Notes on Contributors
- Classical Latin—Medieval Latin—Neo-Latin
- Neo-Latin’s Interplay with Other Languages
- Lyric Poetry
- Narrative Poetry
- Epigram and Occasional Poetry
- Political Advice
- Science and Medicine
- Contacts with the Arab World
- Biblical Humanism
- Political Action
- Social Status
- The British Isles
- The German-Speaking Countries
- Iberian Peninsula
- The Low Countries
- East-Central Europe
- Colonial Spanish America and Brazil
- North America
- General References
Abstract and Keywords
The introduction first discusses the origin, significance, and implications of the term “Neo-Latin,” focussing on issues of chronological extent (the Neo-Latin “period”), stylistic ambition (Neo-Latin vs. “medieval” and “scholastic” Latin), and cultural impact (Neo-Latin as an intellectual foundation of the early modern world). It then briefly traces the development of Neo-Latin studies, which are slowly but surely growing into a self-conscious academic discipline today—as attested by the recent publication of three major reference works, including the present Handbook. After a characterization of the distinct approaches of these reference works, the final part of the introduction lays out the editorial principles and practices adopted in this Handbook.
Sarah Knight is Professor of Renaissance Literature in the School of English at the University of Leicester.
Professor of Latin at the University of Freiburg
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