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Shifting Orthodoxy In The Republic Of Letters: Caspar Schoppius Mirroring Justus Lipsius

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During the 1580s and 1590s Justus Lipsius became one of the dominant figures in a network of contacts which embraced all of Europe from their centre and source in the Low Countries. His letters, a fourth of which was published by himself, were in a way the holy writ of the late Renaissance. In September 1599 he addressed two short Letters to his former teacher Rittershusius in which he discussed several Catholic dogmas and theological difficulties. Lipsius for his part never reacted to or dealt with issues discussed in Schoppius's theological works. New manuscripts of Apuleius and Gellius led on to new philological studies. Schoppius's true countenance is revealed in a letter which Maximilianus Manilius addressed from Graz to the Antwerp printer Balthasar Moretus in 1616. Schoppius even reproached Lipsius for lacking order in his exposition of Stoic philosophy.

Keywords: Caspar Schoppius; Catholic dogmas; Justus Lipsius; Lipsiuss letters; Stoic philosophy



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