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Philology—France

(1,655 words)

Author(s): Sandy, Gerald
Philologia . . . olim ornatrix . . . hodie instauratrix atque interpolatrix1 Rigorous French classical scholarship begins with Guillaume Budé (1468–1540). Until the publication of Budé’s three scholarly works, Annotationes . . . …

Hellenism

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Author(s): Sandy, Gerald
¶ The rebirth of Greek studies in Italy north of Rome owes its first tentative steps to Petrarch (1304–1374). Although he did not reach his destination, he ‘cleared the way for [. . .] those who wished to ascend after him’.1 Boccaccio (1313…

Budé, Guillaume

(1,253 words)

Author(s): Sandy, Gerald
¶ A Parisian de vieille roche, Guillaume Budé (1468–1540) rarely left his native city, except when he joined two diplomatic missions to Italy in 1501 and 1504 and when he went to Orléans at the age of fift…

Lascaris, Janus

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¶ Born in Constantinople to a branch of the Byzantine imperial family, Janus Lascaris Rhyndacenus, (1445–1534) was a boy when his family fled from that city-state after its fall to the Ottoman Turks in…

Roman Law and bonae litterae

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¶ A law school dropout, Francesco Petrarca disliked the study of law and the legal profession. Roman civil law, which he studied for three years (1320–1323) without taking a degree at the University of…