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“Posteriores Sed Non Deteriores”: The Humanist Perspective On Latin Literature At The End Of The Quattrocento And Its Repercussions In The French Renaissance

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This chapter simply makes reference to the works of M. Fumaroli, C. Mouchel and J. Lecointe, as well as to the collective work, Poétiques de la Renaissance. It analyses Politian’s view of the Latin style cultivated by the ancients. It also analyses its repercussions for Pietro Crinito, his favourite pupil and posthumous editor, author of the first proper manual of Latin literature, the De poetis latinis, published in 1505 in Florence. It pays particular attention to the chapters in which Vadianus gives a detailed account of the history of Latin culture, and of medieval literature in particular, revealing a breadth of outlook rarely encountered at this time. At the beginning of the sixteenth century, the Florentine heritage constitutes the foundation of the French Renaissance. The chapter looks at the scheme of historical development proposed by Scaliger and shall then contrast it with those of Politian, Crinito and Vadianus.

Keywords: De poetis latinis; French Renaissance; Latin literature; Latin style; Pietro Crinito; Poétiques de la Renaissance; Politian’s view; repercussions; Scaliger; Vadianus



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