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A Nolan before Bruno: Momus and socratism in the Renaissance

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Many scholars of Giordano Bruno quote from the description of Nola written by Ambrogio Leone Nolano and published in 1514 with tasteful illustrations by Girolamo Moceto, an engraver of the school of Bellini: what better way to open a biography of Bruno than to use this elegant description of the town and its history? Yet they failed to notice that between the two Nolans there are other possible similarities: in the first place, like Giordano Bruno, the doctor Ambrogio di Marino Leone was known as the "Nolan". Ambrogio was made professor of medicine in the Neapolitan Studio. Leon Battista Alberti's Momus, a work that had just been printed and published in 1520, and again by Erasmus in an Adagium, all of which leads us to think of the second Nolan.

Keywords: Adagium; Ambrogio Leone Nolano; Erasmus; Giordano Bruno; Leon Battista Alberti; Momus



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