The Kaleidoscopic Scholarship of Hadrianus Junius (1511-1575)

Northern Humanism at the Dawn of the Dutch Golden Age


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Hadrianus Junius (1511-1575) is generally regarded as the greatest humanist in the Northern Netherlands between the death of Erasmus in 1536 and the foundation of Leiden University in 1575. For both literary authors and professional philologists of the Golden Age, Junius remained the only significant point of reference on Dutch soil in the second and third quarters of the sixteenth century. As physician, lexicographer, historiographer, emblematist, poet, mycologist, chronologer and philologist, he was a prolific editor (and translator) of Latin and Greek texts. Yet we still know little about the kind of scholarship this stuttering polymath pursued, and about the connections between his numerous works. The chapters in this book analyse Junius’ most important works, some of which have never been studied before. All chapters contextualise his works in light of the tradition of humanism so familiar to Junius.

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Dirk van Miert (PhD 2004) is a researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (The Hague) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He specialises in the intellectual history of the sixteenth- and seventeenth- century Northern Europe. He is author of Humanism in an Age of Science. The Amsterdam Athenaeum in the Golden Age, 1632-1704 (2009) and of a short biography of Junius (2011). He is co-editor of the Correspondence of Joseph Scaliger (forthcoming) and managing editor of Lias. Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture and its Sources.
"All of the papers are of high quality. Some excel in methodology, [...] the lay out of the volume is impeccable [...]. Together these papers form a homogeneous book, which is also due to Van Miert’s introduction and particularly to his fine epilogue, which identifies and synthesizes the different fils rouges running through the other essays. Moreover, the volume contains good cross-references [...]." - Tom Deneire, in: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 205-207.
“this volume by Van Miert has added to our knowledge of early humanism in the Netherlands in general and of this humanist in particular. Junius had a vast knowledge—kaleidoscopic indeed—and he was innovative and influential on several subjects, almost as much as Erasmus had been in other respects.” - Jan Bloemendal, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, The Hague, in: The Neo-Latin News, Vol. 61, Nos. 1-2 (2013), pp. 62-63
"De zuiver wetenschappelijke bundel bevat [...] een aantal diepgravende verkenningen van Junius’ werk en zijn wereld. [...] Van Miert heeft Junius weer op de kaart gezet." - Marcus de Schepper, in: De Zeventiende Eeuw, Vol. 28, No. 1 (2012), pp. 110-111
"...essaybundel waarin voor de specialist een aantal historische en filologische aspecten van Junius en zijn humanistenwereld wordt uitgediept." - Roelof van Gelder, in: NRC Boeken, 14 October, 2011, page 15
"[...] Junius [wordt] overtuigend neergezet als de belangrijkste overgangsfiguur tussen Erasmus’ gouden tijdperk en de Nederlandse Gouden Eeuw met grote namen als die van Lipsius, Scaliger en Grotius." - Zweder von Martels, in: BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, Vol. 128, No. 2 (2013), review 30

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Introduction: Hadrianus Junius and Northern Dutch Humanism, Dirk van Miert

From Erasmus to Leiden: Hadrianus Junius and his Significance for the Development of Humanism in Holland in the Sixteenth Century, Chris Heesakkers

Hadrianus Junius’ Batavia and the Formation of a Historiographical Canon in Holland, Coen Maas

Context, Conception and Content of Hadrianus Junius’ Batavia, Nico de Glas

Hadrianus Junius’ Animadversa and his Methods of Scholarship, Dirk van Miert

Junius’ two editions of Martial’s Epigrammata, Chris Heesakkers

A Man of Eight Hearts: Hadrianus Junius and Sixteenth-Century Plurilinguism, Toon Van Hal

Devices, Proverbs, Emblems: Hadrianus Junius’ Emblemata in the Light of Erasmus’ Adagia, Ari Wesseling

Emblematic Authorization – Lusus Emblematum: the Function of Hadrianus Junius’s Emblem Commentary and Early Commentaries on Alciato’s Emblematum libellus, Karl Enenkel

Epilogue: The Kaleidoscopic Scholarship of Hadrianus Junius, Dirk van Miert

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All those interested in the classical tradition, the history of humanist scholarship, early modern intellectual history, emblematics, historical linguistics, classical philology, and the sixteenth-century history of the Low Countries.
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