Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Edited by : Manfred Landfester

For the thinkers, artists and scholars of the Renaissance, antiquity was a major source of inspiration; it provided renewed modes of scholarship, led to corrections of received doctrine and proved a wellspring of new achievements in almost every area of human life. The 130 articles in this volume cover not only well known figures of the Renaissance such as Copernicus, Dürer, and Erasmus but also overall themes such as architecture, agriculture, economics, philosophy and philology as well as many others.

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Author(s): Auffarth, Christoph (Bremen)
A. Concept and ancient originsH. denotes a tradition of esoteric knowledge that was very highly regarded, particularly among Renaissance Humanists, because it was believed to feed from the oldest fount of wisdom, that of Ancient Egypt. The name Hermes Trismegistus refers to the Ancient Egyptian god Thoth, whom the Humanists held to be the unadulterated source of the primal wisdom that was later recorded in writing in the so-called Corpus Hermeticum (= C. H.). In historical fact, this corpus is a collection of 18 treatises, mostly of religious philosophy, origin…
Date: 2016-11-24

Hessus, Helius Eobanus

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Author(s): Huber-Rebenich, Gerlinde (Bern)
A. Life and key worksThe neo-Latin poet and Humanist teacher Eoban Koch was born on January 6, 1488, at Frankenberg (Hesse), and died at Marburg an der Lahn on October 4, 1540 [5. vol. 1, 1–9]; [7]; [14]; [16]; [26]. After attending the Lateinschule (1502–1504) of Jakob Horlaeus in Frankenberg, he matriculated in 1504 at the University of Erfurt, graduating in 1506 as  Baccalaureus artium and gaining a master's degree in 1509. His first contact with Humanist circles at Erfurt came through Maternus Pistoris, later through his key patron, Mutianus Rufus.…
Date: 2016-11-24