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Humanist Ethics And Urban Patriotism In Upper Hungary In The Early Sixteenth Century (Valentin Eck’s De Reipublicae Administratione)

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Hungary was one of the first countries over the Alps to imbibe the ideas of Renaissance humanism, and the humanistic notion of patria had gained wide acceptance in Hungary already in the 15th century. But whereas Italian civic patriotism praised the city in the terms of the panegyrical topoi of Cicero and expressed love for the fatherland with the classical notions of amor patriae and virtuous heros, the first wave of Hungarian humanism was strongly influenced by the topos of regional opposition between the humanitas in Italy and the barbarity over the Alps, which included Hungary as well. Valentin Eck is not among the best known humanists of the period, although he played an important role in the civic life of the cities of Upper Hungary in the first decades of the 16th century.

Keywords: Hungarian humanism; sixteenth century; urban patriotism; Valentin Eck



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