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date: 04 December 2020

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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.

Keywords: Neo-Latin, chronological period, literary style, history of language, culture, Neo-Latin studies, academic discipline, reference works, editorial principles

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