- Series: The I Tatti Renaissance Library (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 752 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; Bilingual edition (June 30, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674007891
- ISBN-13: 978-0674007895
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,675,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Discovery (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) Bilingual Edition
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The Loeb Classical Library...has been of incalculable benefit to generations of scholars...It seems certain that the I Tatti Renaissance Library will serve a similar purpose for Renaissance Latin texts, and that, in addition to its obvious academic value, it will facilitate a broadening base of participation in Renaissance Studies...These books are to be lauded not only for their principles of inclusivity and accessibility, and for their rigorous scholarship, but also for their look and feel. Everything about them is attractive: the blue of their dust jackets and cloth covers, the restrained and elegant design, the clarity of the typesetting, the quality of the paper, and not least the sensible price. This is a new set of texts well worth collecting. (Kate Lowe Times Literary Supplement)
An aristocratic devotion to our culture continues to manifest itself even today in the most prestigious centers of study and thought. One has merely to look at the very recent (begun in 2001), rigorous and elegant humanistic series of Harvard University, with the original Latin text, English translation, introduction and notes. (Vittore Branca Il Sole 24 Ore)
Important and engaging...Beautifully produced from quality materials, the book maintains the exceptionally high standards of the I Tatti Renaissance Library series. Highly recommended. (K. Gouwens Choice 2003-02-01)
Brian Copenhaver's edition and translation of the first three books of the De inventoribus rerum (1499) of the humanist Polydore Vergil is especially useful because of its copious annotations...Copenhaver's translation helps in reminding us that most Renaissance writers were bricoleurs rather than scholars, and compendia like that of Polydore Vergil most certainly had a greater currency in Renaissance culture than less readable works such as Perotti's Cornucopiae or Guillaume Budi's De asse et partibus. (W. Scott Blanchard Renaissance Quarterly 2005-07-01)
[Polydore Vergil] brought a keen sense of ambiguity to his breakthrough book--a vast study of inventions that went through thirty editions in Latin in his lifetime. As Brian Copenhaver shows in the introduction to his superb edition of Vergil's complex, learned book, On Discovery, some ancient authorities denounced human inventions as a source of corruption; others saw them as a continual source of improvement in the human condition...On Discovery, as Copenhaver shows, had a profound and lasting impact. It proved to be one of the principal channels through which the antiquarian methods of the fifteenth century reached the ethnographers and historians of religion of the next two centuries. (Anthony T. Grafton New York Review of Books 2006-10-05)
About the Author
Brian P. Copenhaver is Professor of History and Philosophy and Director of UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
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The point isn't that in many cases this may have been in fact true -- after all, the Hebrew civilization predates even Homer, but I'm stunned that a Renaissance man like Vergil would be so constrained by submission to Church authority.
This is an awesome series - if you are interested in the roots of Western philosophy, this is a good place to start.