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Lorenzo Valla, Encomium of St. Thomas Aquinas

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This chapter presents some Latin notes and its English translation for the book Christianity, Latinity, and Culture: Two Studies on Larenzo Valla. The Latin text, which is provided as a supplement to the English translation and as a source for the quotations in Camporeale's essay, is substantially that of the critical edition of Stefano Cartei: Lorenzo Valla, Encomion sancti Thome Aquinatis, ed. S. Cartei. Camporeale based his own work on direct consultation of the available manuscripts and the earlier edition of Francesco Adorno, but it has seemed preferable to adopt Cartei's more correct text. A deciding factor was that Cartei follows what he demonstrates to be a more reliable manuscript tradition. This chapter reformats the text in a manner suggested by Camporeale's interpretation, dividing it, moreover, as he does, into the five sections exordium, narratio, probatio, refutatio, and peroratio.

Keywords: Encomium of St. Thomas Aquinas; exordium; Lorenzo Valla; narratio; peroratio; probatio; refutatio



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