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Angelo Poliziano, Lamia Praelectio in priora Aristotelis Analytica

Critical Edition, Introduction and Commentary by A. Wesseling

Angelo Poliziano

Edited by Ari Wesseling

Angelo Poliziano's Lamia

Text, Translation, and Introductory Studies

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Angelo Poliziano

Edited by Christopher Celenza

In 1492, Angelo Poliziano published his Lamia, a praelectio, or opening oration to a course he would teach that academic year on Aristotle’s Prior Analytics at the Florentine university. Having heard murmurings that he was not philosopher enough to teach the Aristotelian text, Poliziano strikes back, offering in effect a fable-tinted history of philosophy. More than a repudiation of local gossip, the text represents a rethinking of the mission of philosophy. This volume offers the first English translation, an edition of the Latin text, and four studies that set this rich example of humanist Latin writing in context.

Brill's Texts and Sources in Intellectual History, vol. 7.