Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World

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Edited by: Philip Ford (†), Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi

With its striking range and penetrating depth, Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World traces the enduring history and wide-ranging cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this comprehensive reference work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences.


Ekphrasis (and Art)

(1,670 words)

Author(s): Gahtan, Maia Wellington
¶ Ekphrasis was an important element of Neo-Latin literature which found its roots in ancient traditions that were gradually revived over the course of the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centurie…

Elegiac Poetry

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Author(s): de Beer, Susanna
Introduction ¶ This essay is concerned with all Neo-Latin poetry in the elegiac couplet.1 It is thus not confined to the modern sense of the (English) word ‘elegy’, which is usually employed only for poetry of mourning.2 Though this typ…


(1,479 words)

Author(s): Enenkel, Karl A. E.
¶ The genre of the Emblem is a true invention of early modern literary culture, and it is characterised by Neo-Latin humanism and the printing press. It was created by the Milanese humanist and jurist Andrea Alciato, who composed (from c. 1…

Encyclopaedias and Dictionaries

(7,933 words)

Author(s): Considine, John
¶ I am grateful to Ann Blair for commenting on an earlier version of this paper. Encyclopaedia is a Neo-Latin word, both in the earlier sense ‘ideal of the interconnection between the disciplines’ and the later sense…