Portuguese Humanism and the Republic of Letters

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This volume focuses on the interdisciplinary investigation of Portuguese humanism, especially as a noteworthy player in the international network of early modern scholars, writers and intellectuals. During the Renaissance, Portugal became a centre for the dissemination of information concerning the new geographical and cultural horizons opened up by voyages of discovery, as well as a meeting place for humanist scholars and intellectuals coming from elsewhere in Europe. Papers in this volume situate Portuguese scholarship within the international humanistic network and examine its connection to other aspects of contemporary cultural production.

Contributors include Onésimo Almeida, Jens Baumgarten, Liam Brockey, Sylvie Deswarte-Rosa, Thomas Earle, Karl Enenkel, Catarina Fouto, Noël Golvers, Alejandra Guzmán, Tobias Leuker, Giuseppe Marcocci, Cristóvão Marinheiro, Ricarda Musser, and Marília dos Santos Lopes.
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Biographical Note

Maria BERBARA is professor of Art History at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She specializes in Italian and Iberian art history during the Early-Modern period, and her most recent publications include a Portuguese annotaded translation of Michelangelo’s letters as well as several articles on Francisco de Holanda and the artistic exchanges between Italy, Portugal and the New World during the Renaissance.

Karl A.E. ENENKEL is Professor of Medieval and Neo-Latin Literature at the University of Münster, Germany, and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Formerly, he was professor of Neo-Latin at the University of Leiden, Netherlands. He has published extensively on international Humanism, the reception of Classical Antiquity, the history of ideas, literary genres and emblem studies.

Review Quote

"This volume is a well-thought-out study of humanism in Portugal. [...] [R]efreshingly [...]. The book offers a comprehensive inquiry and some groundbreaking articles on the true exchange of knowledge between humanist Europe and Portugal, inward and outwardly." – Luís Gomes, University of Glasgow, in: Renaissance Quarterly 65/4 (Winter 2012), pp. 1185-1187

Table of contents

CONTENTS
Notes on the Editors ......................................................................... ix
Notes on the Contributors ............................................................... xi
List of Illustrations ............................................................................ xv
Introduction. Transatlantic Crossroads – Portuguese
Humanism and the Republic of Letters .................................... 1
Maria Berbara and Karl A.E. Enenkel
I. THE EXCHANGE OF KNOWLEDGE
BETWEEN PORTUGUESE HUMANISM
AND THE REPUBLIC OF LETTERS
Le voyage épigraphique de Mariangelo Accursio au Portugal,
printemps 1527 .............................................................................. 19
Sylvie Deswarte-Rosa
Building up Networks of Knowledge: Printing and Collecting
Books in the Age of Humanism in the University City of
Coimbra .......................................................................................... 113
Ricarda Musser
Diogo de Teive’s Institutio Sebastiani Primi and the Reception
of Erasmus’ Works in Portugal ................................................... 129
Catarina BarcelÓ Fouto
Die humanistische Kultur Coimbras als Wiege des
emblematischen Kommentars: Sebastian Stockhamers
Alciato-Kommentar für João Meneses Sottomayor (1552)
With an English Summary .......................................................... 149
Karl Enenkel
The Theological Debate on Images between Italy and Portugal:
Bartholomew of Braga and Antônio Vieira .............................. 219
Jens Baumgarten
Circulation and Reception of Portuguese Books in the
17th/18th Century Jesuit Mission of China, mainly in
Three Bishop’s Collections (Diogo Valente,
Polycarpo de Sousa and Alexandre de Gouveia) ..................... 243
Noël Golvers
An Imperial Republic: Manuel Severim de Faria Surveys the
Globe, 1608–1655 .......................................................................... 265
Liam Matthew Brockey
II. PORTUGUESE LITERATURE AND THE REPUBLIC OF LETTERS
António Ferreira’s Castro: Tragedy at the Cross-Roads ............. 289
Thomas F. Earle
Die Sylvae aliquot des Aquiles Estaço und ihr Schlussgedicht,
das Genethliacon Domini ............................................................. 319
Tobias Leuker
A Portuguese Contribution to 16th Century Roman
Antiquarianism: The Case of Aquiles Estaço (1524–1581) .... 353
Alejandra Guzmán Almagro
III. THE DISCOVERIES AND THE PRODUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE
Experiência a madre das cousas – on the ‘Revolution of
Experience’ in Sixteenth-Century Portuguese Maritime
Discoveries and its Foundational Role in the Emergence
of the Scientific Worldview ......................................................... 377
Onésimo T. Almeida
The Conimbricenses: the Last Scholastics, the First Moderns
or Something in between? The Impact of Geographical
Discoveries on Late 16th Century Jesuit Aristotelianism ...... 395
Cristóvão S. Marinheiro
From Discovery to Knowledge: Portuguese Maritime
Navigation and German Humanism ......................................... 425
Marília dos Santos Lopes
Prism of Empire: The Shifting Image of Ethiopia in
Renaissance Portugal (1500–1570) ............................................. 447
Guiseppe Marcocci
Index Nominum ................................................................................ 467

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Interdisciplinary academic readership, interested in the Early Modern Period, especially the history of scholarship, Humanism, cultural history, colonial histroy, literary criticism and art history.

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