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4.04 Ciceronianisms, paragraph 3

I am interested in your statement “One thing humanists all over Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth century shared was a pugnacious willingness to argue that derived from scholastic models. Petrarch made many innovations in humanist thought, among them introducing a sustained polemic against the scholastics. In so doing he also imported into humanism the quarrelsomeness of the universities, where disputation pro and contra was a permanent fixture.” I had not before connected scholastic disputation with the development of humanist dialogues and invective, and you note that the latter was based on classical models. Could you provide more detail about how you see the relationship between scholastic disputation and the development of humanist dialogue and invective?

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Posted September 23, 2011  4:00 pm
6.19 Professionals or Amateurs?, paragraph 9

“This larger work appeared in 1613 in Spanish, a significant choice, for it must have been aimed in the first instance at the largely Spanish-speaking public of monks and nuns in aristocratic religious houses at Naples. Eventually it would be read widely in Spain and even in New Spain.” Have you come across cheaper music books that were also specifically designed for the Spanish market, or ones in Latin exported to the Spanish world? Thanks!

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Posted September 21, 2011  4:33 pm
1.14 Teachers' Editions, Mid-Century and Beyond, paragraph 1

I can understand why teachers would want editions of Terence with several commentaries and an extensive critical apparatus. But would young students also own copies of Terence with at least some apparatus, or would they use copies without much/any apparatus and make annotations themselves? In reading about all these editions, I keep comparing them to the appearance of the chaste manuscript version of chapter 1.05. But even in manuscript, you mentioned that there were plenty of commentaries and annotations. Do we find manuscript copies of Terence where the commentaries crowd out the text, or were they normally copied separately, and perhaps bound together? You also mentioned that the de Gouveia commentary was printed separately- how frequently were commentaries printed separately (and perhaps bound with another copy of Terence)? Do you think that teachers became increasingly reliant on commentaries in their teaching, compared with the 15th century, or did they just have more choices? Thanks!

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Posted September 20, 2011  8:10 am