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The lost Italian Renaissance : humanists, historians, and Latin's legacy

Argues that serious interest in the intellectual life of Renaissance Italy can be reinvigorated - and the nature of the Renaissance itself reconceived - by recovering a major part of its intellectual and cultural activity that has been largely ignored since the Renaissance was "discovered".

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  • "Historian and literary scholar Christopher Celenza argues that serious interest in the intellectual life of Renaissance Italy can be reinvigorated -- and the nature of the Renaissance itself reconceived -- by recovering a major part of its intellectual and cultural activity that has been largely ignored since the Renaissance was first "discovered": the vast body of works -- literary, philosophical, poetic, and religious -- written in Latin. Produced between the mid-fourteenth and the early sixteenth centuries by major figures such as Leonardo Bruni, Lorenzo Valla, Marsilio Ficino, and Leon Battista Alberti, as well as minor but interesting thinkers like Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger, this literature was initially overlooked by scholars of the Renaissance because they were not written in the vernacular Italian which alone was seen as was the supreme expression of a culture. This lack of attention, which continued well into the twentieth century, has led interpreters to misread key aspects of the Renaissance. Offering a flexible theoretical framework within which to understand these Latin texts, Celenza explains why these "lost" sources are distinctive and why they are worthy of study."
  • "Argues that serious interest in the intellectual life of Renaissance Italy can be reinvigorated - and the nature of the Renaissance itself reconceived - by recovering a major part of its intellectual and cultural activity that has been largely ignored since the Renaissance was "discovered"."@en

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  • "The lost Italian Renaissance : humanists, historians, and latin's legacy"
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  • "The lost Italian Renaissance : humanists, historians, and Latin's legacy"
  • "The Lost Italian Renaissance : humanists, historians, and Latin's legacy"