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Epilogue: The Kaleidoscopic Scholarship Of Hadrianus Junius

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The study of the Animadversa suggested that Junius was no manuscript hunter: the great majority of his emendations are provided ex ingenio on the basis of parallel texts in encyclopaedic sources from antiquity and the Byzantine period. On the basis of the analyses of a number of his works, some of which have been entirely neglected until now, it can be argued that his scholarship was kaleidoscopic in character: in separate works, he presents a vast array of quotations, sometimes even a hodgepodge of apparently unstructured material. His scholarship did not concern philosophy, theology or narrative history, but he chose types of works which allowed him to rearrange the classical warehouses of fragments of knowledge. If his various historiographical, philological, linguistic and emblematic works are considered in proximity to one another, their conceptions mirror each other, like a kaleidoscope.

Keywords: Animadversa; Byzantine period; emblematic; Hadrianus Junius; historiographical; kaleidoscopic; linguistic; philological



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