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Monita Et Exempla Politica As Example Of A Genre

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The Monita et exempla politica, however, is far from being an example of best pedagogical practice. It deviates not only from that but also from the format of its forerunner and correlate, the Politica. The other signals topics relevant to issues raised in the chapter heads and indicates how the text of the Politica may be used in standard stratagems for argument. Humanists like Erasmus could point back to the Dictorum factorumque memorabilium libri ix of the first-century historian Valerius Maximus as an early model of the genre. The mixture of moral abstractions and political precepts to be found in the chapter topics of his Monita et exempla politica retains clear traces of the tradition of historia magistra vitae that he had doubtless absorbed as much from Zwinger and other printed commonplace-books as from ancient moral philosophers.

Keywords: Erasmus; genre; Monita et exempla politica



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