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

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Political Humanism
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A. Concept and ancient origins

P. H. here is understood as the entirety of reasonably systematic utterances by Humanists on the subject of politics, with particular reference to their citation of ancient sources and their personal context of sociopolitical activity. Semantically speaking, the roots of ‘politics’ lie in the Greek polis and its adjective politikós (‘urban’, ‘civic/civil’, ‘public’). As a vernacular term, as an autonomous subject of study and as a sphere of action with a rationality of its own, however, politics is a product of the Renaissance.

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Maissen, Thomas (Paris), “Political Humanism”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004941>
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