- 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
Any student of Neo-Latin in East-Central Europe should see a striking absence of clear-cut divisions. The region was characterized by ever-shifting frontiers, shared histories, common ruling dynasties, and political alliances. However, while ethnic and vernacular variety defined the context, Latin did the opposite, as it remained an official and scholarly language until well into the nineteenth century. Through its often unexpected trends and trail-blazing figures, Neo-Latinity in this part of the world had a profound impact on European civilization. Almost all of the most influential and visionary works written here were published in Latin, from Comenius’s ideas about equal opportunities in education, to Copernicus’s heliocentric universe and Kepler’s laws of planetary motion. Much of this region’s writing seems to push conventional frontiers. This chapter aims to map various scholarly networks and ideas that developed within the long history of Latin.
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