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date: 22 September 2020

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The Renaissance and early modern period witnessed the last great flourishing of Latin historiography. It was marked by an expanded and sustained interest in the classical historians, a boom in the composition of original works of history, and the creative transformation of ancient literary forms into new genres. The humanist cult of Livy sparked off a revival of monumental narrative histories in Latin. These initially focused on cities, nations, rulers, and dynasties, but soon expanded their purview to include novel subjects such as antiquities, historical chorography, and church history. In the context of nascent nationalism and confessionalization, Neo-Latin historiography became a prime locus for political and religious controversy and justification.

Keywords: antiquarianism, Bruni, Leonardo, chorography, Counter-Reformation, Biondo Flavio, historiography, humanism, nationalism, Reformation, Renaissance

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