Angelo Poliziano's Lamia: Text, Translation, and

In 1492, Angelo Poliziano released his Lamia, a praelectio, or commencing oration to a path he could train that educational yr on Aristotle s earlier Analytics on the Florentine college. Having heard murmurings that he used to be no longer thinker sufficient to educate the Aristotelian textual content, Poliziano moves again, supplying in influence a fable-tinted historical past of philosophy. greater than a repudiation of neighborhood gossip, the textual content represents a rethinking of the challenge of philosophy. This quantity deals the 1st English translation, an version of the Latin textual content, and 4 experiences that set this wealthy instance of humanist Latin writing in context.

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The problem is that it is well nigh impossible to find anyone who measures up to the ideal. Having used one method of approach to define the ideal attributes of the philosopher, Poliziano moves on to ask whether it would be a bad thing if he himself were a philosopher (which he concedes he is not). (29) To answer that question, he cites ancient incidents in which philosophers were banned from cities or condemned, and then he mentions respectable ancient figures who mistrusted philosophy (29–32).

47 [“Let’s tell stories for a while, if you please, but let’s make them relevant, as Horace says. For stories, even those that are considered the kinds of things that foolish old women discuss, are not only the first beginnings of philosophy. ”] Poliziano’s Latin here is relevant, echoing as it does one of his favorite authors, Apuleius (c. 123 CE—c. 170), specifically the Florida, ch. 23): “. . nihil prius discipulos suos docuit quam tacere” (“the first thing he taught his students was to be silent”).

A. C. , Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, 1494–1994: Convegno internazionale, 2 vols. A. Granada, “Giovanni Pico e il mito della Concordia. La riflessione di Pico dopo il 1488 e la sua polemica antiastrologica,” in C. , 229–46. 64 See L. Polizzotto, The Elect Nation: The Savonarolan Movement in Florence, 1494–1545 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1994), 100–17; D. Weinstein, Savonarola and Florence: Prophecy and Patriotism in the Renaissance (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1970), 185–226. 65 See S. S. B.

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