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Literary and Educational Writings, 5 and 6

Literary and Educational Writings, 5 and 6: Volume 5: Panegyricus / Moria / Julius exclusus / Institutio principis christiani . Querela pacis. Volume 6: Ciceronianus, Volume 27-28

edited by A.H.T. Levi
Volume: 27-28
Copyright Date: 1986
Pages: 638
  • Book Info
    Literary and Educational Writings, 5 and 6
    Book Description:

    These satires reflect aspect of the religious, political, social, and military conflicts of the time and the qualities that enabled Erasmus to articulate them: great intelligence, remarkable shrewdness, deep sensitivity, spectacular ability, and a boundless capacity for staying cool.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7671-8
    Subjects: History, Philosophy, Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. VOLUME 27

    • Introduction
      (pp. ix-xxx)

      Any edition of Erasmus’ works must classify them by grouping them together in volumes. The process can be misleading. Erasmus so often reworked so much of what he wrote that the ideal year-by-year edition, like that produced by P. Laumonier for Ronsard,¹ would not only jumble letters with a host of other texts, themselves disparate, but would also need to print at least five of the ten editions of theAdagesissued during Erasmus’ lifetime² and perhaps as many as eight texts of thePraise of Folly.³

      The difficulty in the classification lies in the overlap between genres. It is...

    • Panegyric for Archduke Philip of Austria / Panegyricus ad Philippum Austriae ducem
      (pp. 1-76)

      On 4 November 1501 the archduke Philip’ ‘the Handsome,’son of the emperor Maximilian, duke of Burgundy and ruler of the Netherlands, left Brussels with his wife Joanna ‘the Mad’ to pay an official visit to her parents, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, to receive the recognition of the Cortes of Aragon and Castile as heirs of the joint crowns. The journey was made in response to pressure from Ferdinand and Isabella once it became clear after the death of Miguel, infant son of Joanna’s deceased sister Isabella, that Joanna (with her husband) would inherit the crowns. (Philip...

    • Praise of Folly / Moriae encomium
      (pp. 77-154)

      ThePraise of Follyis Erasmus’ most famous and controversial work. Between its first publication in 1511 and Erasmus’ death in 1536 there were thirty-six Latin editions and seven revised major editions,¹ and it had been translated into Czech, French, and German.² Alfonso Pellegrini’s Italian version appeared in 1539 and Thomas Chaloner’s English translation in 1549. It delighted Thomas More, amused Pope Leo x, and disconcerted several theologians, notably the literal-minded Maarten van Dorp of Louvain, who first wrote to Erasmus in protest in September 1514. Erasmus wrote his reply in May 1515, Dorp wrote again the following August,³ and...

    • Julius Excluded from Heaven: A Dialogue / Dialogus Julius exclusus e coelis
      (pp. 155-198)

      The attribution of theJulius exclususto Erasmus is a matter of some controversy.¹ The earliest dated edition of the dialogue was printed at Louvain in September 1518, but this was preceded by several undated editions, going back probably to the early months of 1517, and a manuscript copy of the work was completed by Bonifacius Amerbach on 5 August 1516.² These are the only dates concerning the early history of the dialogue which can be established with certainty, but it seems logical that it should have been written soon after the pope’s death in February 1513 and then circulated...

    • The Education of a Christian Prince / Institutio principis christiani
      (pp. 199-288)

      The first edition of theInstitutio principis christianiwas published by Froben at Basel in May 1516;¹ according to the correspondence, Erasmus had been at work on it more than a year earlier.² Included in the first edition were Erasmus’ translation of Isocrates’De institutione principis adNicoclem regem,a new edition of thePanegyricus,with a separate colophon dated April 1516, and four translations from Plutarch including the essay ‘How to Distinguish a Friend from a Flatterer,’ which Erasmus had dedicated to Henry VIII in 1513,³ and on which he drew extensively for chapter 2 of theInstitutio.


    • A COMPLAINT OF PEACE SPURNED AND REJECTED BY THE WHOLE WORLD / Querela pacis undique gentium ejectae profligataeque
      (pp. 289-322)

      TheQuerela pacisis Erasmus’ most explicit and celebrated plea for general peace. It was written in 1516, shortly after Erasmus’ appointment as counsellor to Prince Charles,¹ at the request of Jean le Sauvage, chancellor of Burgundy and Castile, who was a leading advocate of appeasement with France in order to ensure peace in the Netherlands (Ep 532: 30n). It was dedicated to Philip of Burgundy, bishop of Utrecht, in a short letter pointing out the urgency of reconciliation with France. ‘In its political context, then, theQuerela pacisis, like thePanegyricusof 1504, a tract on behalf of...

  4. VOLUME 28

    • Middle Matter
      (pp. None)
    • The Ciceronian: A Dialogue on the Ideal Latin Style / Dialogus Ciceronianus
      (pp. 323-448)

      TheCiceronianus,subtitled The Ideal Latin Style,’ presents itself at first sight as a challenge to the Ciceronians, those contemporaries of Erasmus who claimed this title as a sign of their devotion and obedience to Cicero as the supreme Latin stylist, the one and only ‘parent of the Latin tongue.’ For them, Cicero was the only model of correct and stylish Latinity, the only prose author to be imitated by those who wished to use Latin for civilized communication. Some went so far as to hold that no Latin word or phrase was to be employed unless it had actually...

    • Notes
      (pp. 449-604)
      (pp. 606-608)
      (pp. 609-612)
    • Index
      (pp. 613-638)