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Diogo de Teive’s Institutio Sebastiani Primi and the Reception of Erasmus’ Works in Portugal

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In this chapter, a different but similarly interesting example of the reception of Erasmus in Portugal will be presented: Diogo de Teive's Institutio Sebastiani Primi . The humanist Diogo de Teive is one of the most renowned Neo-Latin authors of sixteenth-century Portugal, and his Institutio Sebastiani Primi is a poem in iambic trimeters offering advice to the tutor of the prince on how to educate the future king. As was seen in the chapter, the way Teive used this text demonstrates how cultural openness was no longer a reality in the second half of the sixteenth century in Portugal. Authors like him and Jerónimo Cardoso recognise Erasmus as a literary and linguistic model, and the paratexts of the editions analysed in this paper testify that he was considered a model of eloquent and elegant use of Latin.

Keywords: Institutio Sebastiani Primi ; Diogo de Teive; Erasmus; Jerónimo Cardoso; Portugal



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