Essays in Renaissance Thought and Letters is a volume dedicated to John Monfasani, renowned scholar of Latin and Greek rhetoric and philosophy. These essays range from Antiquity to the Enlightenment, in genre from learned notes to editiones principes, and in discipline from intellectual to socio-economic history. An introduction to Monfasani’s life and works, and a list of his opera open the volume.
Contributors include Michael J.B. Allen, Sándor Bene, Concetta Bianca, Robert Black, Christopher Celenza, Brian Copenhaver, John Demetracopoulos, James Hankins, Martin Hinterberger, Thomas Izbicki, David Jacoby, Peter Mack, Lodi Nauta, David Rundle, David Rutherford, Chris Schabel, April Shelford, and Thomas M. Ward.
Alison Frazier (D.Phil. Columbia University) is Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her edited volume,
The Saint Between Manuscript and Print: Italy 1400-1600 (Toronto: CRRS) is expected in 2015.
Patrick Nold (D.Phil. Oxford) is Associate Professor of History at the University at Albany, SUNY. His most recent book is
Marriage Advice for a Pope: John XXII and the Power to Dissolve (Brill, 2008).
Patrick Nold & Alison Frazier
PART I: NOTES.
Byzantines at Rome in the Fifteenth Century
Badgering for Books: Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini and Leonardo Bruni’s Translation of Aristotle’s Politics
Heralds of Antiquity: Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini and the British “Thucydides”
Christopher S. Celenza
Petrus Crinitus and Ancient Latin Poetry
Erasmus’s Use of George Trapezuntius of Crete in De conscribendis epistolis
PART II: ESSAYS
The Byzantine Social Elite and the Market Economy, Eleventh to Mid-Fifteenth Century
George of Trebizond, Renaissance Libertarian?
The School of San Lorenzo, Niccolò Machiavelli, Paolo Sassi, and Benedetto Riccardini
Renaissance Sources in Medieval Mirrors for Princes (Petrarch and Andreas Pannonius)
Marsilio Ficino as a Reader of Proclus and most notably of Proclus’s In Parmenidem
De-essentializing the World: Valla, Agricola, Vives, and Nizolio on Universals and Topics
Pierre-Daniel Huet and Josephus’ Testimonium Flavianum
PART III: EXTENDED DISCUSSIONS & EDITIONS
John A. Demetracopoulos
Christian Scepticism: The Reception of Xenophanes’ in Heathen and Christian Antiquity and its Sequel in Byzantine Thought
Lactantius Philosophus? Reading, Misreading, and Exploiting Lactantius from Antiquity to the Early Renaissance
Martin Hinterberger and Chris Schabel
Andreas Chrysoberges’ Dialogue against Mark Eugenikos
Brian Copenhaver and Thomas Ward
Notes from a Nominalist in a New Incunabulum by Symphorien Champier
All interested in intellectual history, including the histories of philosophy, rhetoric, exegesis, political economy, classical reception, textual criticism, and cultural representation. Specialists in Renaissance Studies, Classics, Rhetoric, Philosophy, Government, History of Philosophy. Academic libraries, specialists, post-graduate students.