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Introduction: Salvatore Camporeale and Lorenzo Valla

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While Salvatore Camporeale wrote on different topics, his principal contribution to scholarship came in his studies of the fifteenth-century thinker Lorenzo Valla, a Roman intellectual whose historical, literary, and philosophical works proved influential, both in his own epoch and, after their rediscovery in the twentieth century. Camporeale took part in that wave of rediscovery, and his work served to introduce serious analysis of Valla into the then highly specialized scholarly conversation on the intellectual history of Renaissance Italy. Lorenzo Valla's key preoccupations lay in the realms of the Latin language, Christianity, and culture. He saw those three areas as linked, believing them mutually interdependent. Both of the texts on which Camporeale focuses in the book, Valla's treatise on the Donation of Constantine and his Encomium of Saint Thomas Aquinas, serve as keystones to Valla's thoughts and to Camporeale's vision of Valla's importance.

Keywords: Christianity; culture; Latinity; Lorenzo Valla; Salvatore Camporeale



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