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Humanist Rhetoric In The Renaissance: Classical Mastery?

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This chapter presents a few brief observations on the place of the art of rhetoric as a distinct discipline in the context of the history of Latin literature in the Renaissance. It takes the view that the notions ‘classicism’ and ‘modernism’ take up a central position in the discussions on the continuity of Latin literature in the Golden Ages. Rhetoric in the Renaissance is a vast topic. The chapter is limited in two important ways. First of all, it goes without saying that the author has not explored poetry nor literature in the vernacular in its relation to classical rhetoric, although both fields have contributed substantially to the character of the Renaissance. Secondly, the discussion of style in the Latin literature of the Renaissance, in particular of historical texts, philosophical texts and narrative texts, has been left aside completely.

Keywords: classicism; humanist rhetoric; Latin literature; modernism; Renaissance



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