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Introduction: Towards A More Balanced View Of Justus Lipsius’s Political Writings And Their Influence

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It is a well-established fact that since the nineteenth century the Dutch humanist Justus Lipsius (15471606) has mainly been recognised by scholars as a philologist. His contemporaries and their immediate descendants, by contrast, seem to have valued him more for his philosophical and political writings than for his philological and antiquarian studies. Justus Lipsius's Monita et exempla poltica (1605) as a Bridge Between Political Philosophy and the Ideal of the Christian Ruler', and broadly consisted of two parts, each of which has led to, among other scholarly publications and lectures, a doctoral dissertation. In the preliminary matter of the Politica, Lipsius enumerates the qualities which his readers should possess. The Monita is not only closely linked to historiography but also to antiquarianism. Three contributors examine the reception of Lipsiuss political thought, paying more or less attention to the specific role which the Monita played in this process.

Keywords: Justus Lipsius; Monita et exempla poltica; Politica



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