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The Resource Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Ada Palmer

Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Ada Palmer

Label
Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance
Title
Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance
Statement of responsibility
Ada Palmer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
After its rediscovery in 1417, Lucretius's Epicurean didactic poem De Rerum Natura threatened to supply radicals and atheists with the one weapon unbelief had lacked in the Middle Ages: good answers. Scholars could now challenge Christian patterns of thought by employing the theory of atomistic physics, a sophisticated system that explained natural phenomena without appeal to divine participation, and argued powerfully against the immortality of the soul, the afterlife, and a creator God. Ada Palmer explores how Renaissance readers, such as Machiavelli, Pomponio Leto, and Montaigne, actually ingested and disseminated Lucretius, and the ways in which this process of reading transformed modern thought. She uncovers humanist methods for reconciling Christian and pagan philosophy, and shows how ideas of emergent order and natural selection, so critical to our current thinking, became embedded in Europe's intellectual landscape before the seventeenth century. This heterodoxy circulated in the premodern world, not on the conspicuous stage of heresy trials and public debates, but in the classrooms, libraries, studies, and bookshops where quiet scholars met the ideas that would soon transform the world. Renaissance readers--poets and philologists rather than scientists--were moved by their love of classical literature to rescue Lucretius and his atomism, thereby injecting his theories back into scientific discourse. Palmer employs a new quantitative method for analyzing marginalia in manuscripts and printed books, exposing how changes in scholarly reading practices over the course of the sixteenth century gradually expanded Europe's receptivity to radical science, setting the stage for the scientific revolution
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Palmer, Ada
Dewey number
871/.01
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6495
LC item number
.P35 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
I Tatti studies in Italian Renaissance history
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  • Lucretius Carus, Titus
  • POETRY
  • HISTORY
  • Early Modern History
  • History
  • Lateinische Literatur
Label
Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Ada Palmer
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Religion trampled underfoot: Epicurus, atomism, atheism and skepticism in the Renaissance -- Unchristian opinion: Lucretius' first Renaissance readers -- Between fits of madness: ancient reference and proto-biographies -- The lofty madness of wise Lucretius: the Renaissance biographies -- The poverty of the language: the Lucretian print tradition -- Deceived but not betrayed
Control code
892852873
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 372 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674736054
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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illustrations.
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22573/ctt8cch04
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)892852873
Label
Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Ada Palmer
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Religion trampled underfoot: Epicurus, atomism, atheism and skepticism in the Renaissance -- Unchristian opinion: Lucretius' first Renaissance readers -- Between fits of madness: ancient reference and proto-biographies -- The lofty madness of wise Lucretius: the Renaissance biographies -- The poverty of the language: the Lucretian print tradition -- Deceived but not betrayed
Control code
892852873
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 372 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674736054
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt8cch04
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)892852873

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