Ranging from 600 BC to the modern times, this set includes material on all aspects of classical scholarship -- history, archaeology, philosophy, literature, religion, politics -- as well as providing accounts of the principal figures who helped determine the course of classical scholarship through the ages. Beginning in the Athenian age, this work traces the growth of scholarship in Alexandrian and Roman times, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the study of the Classics in Europe and the USA up to the end of the nineteenth century.
History of Classical Scholarship from the Beginnings to the End of the Hellenistic Age
Taking up the story with the revival of classical studies inspired by Petrarch, Pfeiffer describes the achievements of the Italian humanists and the idependent movement in Holland that culminated in Erasmus and the German scholar-reformers. He traces the development of classical scholarship in the countries of Western Europe through the next 200 years, with particular attention to sixteenth-century France and eighteenth-century England, and concludes with an account of the new approach made by Winckelmann and his successors in Germany.
This compendium gives a comprehensive overview of the history of classical studies. Alphabetically arranged, it provides biographies of over 700 scholars from the 14th century onwards who have made their mark on the study of Antiquity.
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