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From Byzantium to Italy


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Preface to the First Edition Abbreviations 1. The Beginnings i.Precursors ii. Petrarch, Boccaccio and Pilato 2. Chrysoloras: methods of learning the language 3. Bruni and other early translators 4. Consolidation i. A first glance at Venice ii. The significance of the year 1423: Aurispa iii. The second half of Bruni's career iv. Traversari 5. Vittorino da Feltre 6. Guarino 7. Filelfo 8. Greek prelates in Italy i. The Council of Florence (1439) and its consequences ii. The Greek cardinal 9. Valla 10. Rome under Nicholas V and his successors 11. Florence in the second half of the century i. Argyropoulos ii. Ficino iii. Scholar-printers: Chalcondyles and Janus Lascaris 12. Politian 13. Padua, Bologna, Ferrara and Messina 14. Venice i. Ermolao Barbaro and Pietro Bembo ii. The Aldine Publishing house , the Neakademia and Forteguerri's manifesto iii. The publications of the first ten years iv. Interruptions v. Musurus 15. Conclusion Notes Indexes

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A long-awaited new edition of this classic work on the reception of classical Greek scholarship in Italy during the Renaissance.

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N. G. Wilson is Emeritus Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford, UK. He has published widely on Greek palaeography, textual criticism and the history of classical scholarship including Scholars of Byzantium (1983), revised ed. (1996).


An essential introduction to the reception of classical Greek literature in humanist Italy ... It remains a pleasure and a thrill to read this book. Wilson's language is clear and concise. The author focuses on the essential but still enlivens the narrative with enjoyable and exciting anecdotes without ever losing the thread of his argument. He finds the right balance between sticking to facts and launching hypotheses on the basis of possible relations and links. In the age of companions and conference proceedings, this monograph particularly captivates thanks to the homogeneity of its contents and themes, as well as the sharpness of its focus. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
This second edition of From Byzantium to Italy (the first appeared in 1992) stands as a welcome testament to this study's enduring relevance, and its updated notes evince attention to recent research concerning the most influential figures and texts ... All professional scholars and graduate students whose research relates to the classical tradition will find food for thought here. Similarly, advanced undergraduates, and particularly those writing theses, will profit from and enjoy this study. * New England Classical Journal *
This elegant history is peppered with delights ... [A] learned and highly readable book. * Classics for All Reviews *
From Byzantium to Italy remains one of the most remarkable studies on the survival of Greek culture in the West. It is an admirably concise and elegantly written book. Anyone interested in the reception of Antiquity in the Renaissance should read it. * Maude Vanhaelen, Associate Professor of Classics and Italian Studies, University of Warwick, UK *
This is the most important account of how classical Greek literature was transferred om the Greek world to the Latin West during the Italian Renaissance. Written by an eminent authority on the history of classical scholarship, this updated edition provides a rich historical context and a wealth of concrete examples illustrating this key episode in the cultural history of Western civilization. * James Hankins, Professor of History, Harvard University, USA *
This book, in its new paperback format, will undoubtedly be of use to scholars of translation and graduate students as a starting point for their work on particular translators or individual works. * Ancient History Bulletin *
An indispensable reference for any scholar interested in studying the transmission, reception and import of ancient Greek texts in Renaissance Italy ... With this study, Wilson shares his impressive erudition and paleographical expertise offering an exemplary model for balancing concision with wealth of examples, for sketching the broader trends and introducing minute, yet relevant details. * Classical Journal *

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