A Missed Encounter

Tranquillus Andronicus and Erasmus of Rotterdam

In: Erasmus Studies
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  • 1 Marulianum, Split, Croatia

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The paper gives an account of the relation between the Croatian humanist Franciscus Tranquillus Andronicus Parthenius and Desiderius Erasmus. The main source is Erasmus’ letter to Tranquillus of 28 June 1519; another document is Erasmus’ Convivium poeticum, first printed in 1523, in which a character named Parthenius appears. An analysis of Erasmus’ letter and of the context in which it was written reveals that Tranquillus’ visit to Louvain happened at a very inconvenient time for Erasmus, especially because he had to carefully deal with the conservative theologians, who were trying to extinguish the recently established Collegium Trilingue in Louvain. As for the identity of Parthenius in the Convivium poeticum, a new hint is given for his identification with Tranquillus.

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