Denis L. L. Drysdall

Andrea Alciato, the Humanist and the Teacher

Notes on a Reading of his Early Works

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    Auteur Denis L. L. Drysdall
    Editeur Librairie Droz S.A.
    Diffuseur Association de Boccard

    The attention given to Alciato in recent years has been concerned mostly with his “Emblemata”. This term, used originally as the title of a compilation of epigrams describing personal devices, became very soon the name of a new genre of poem and illustration widely used in architectural and artistic ornamentation. In his lifetime however Alciato was better known in Italy and France as a jurist and philologist who, equipped with an extraordinary knowledge of classical literature, questioned the interpretations of his predecessors, the commentators and glossators. At the same time he was famous as a teacher who attracted great numbers of students by the clarity and concision of his delivery. This book, which offers a view of his personnality, his method, and his place as a teacher of the law between mos italicus and mos gallicus, is based on a reading of works not always accessible to specialists of the emblems.

    CONTENTS

    Preface

    Chapter One: The Budding Humanist. In Bifum

    Chapter Two: History of Lombardy

    The “Antiquitates mediolanenses”

    Inscriptions and Symbolism

    Inscriptions in later works

    The Rerum patriae libri IV

    Chapter Three: Philology: the Method

    The Annotationes and the Opusculum (1515)

    The Praetermissa (1518)

    The Annotationes in Tacitum

    Chapter Four: Philology: the Method Applied

    The Dispunctiones (1518)

    The Paradoxa

    De eo quod interest

    Declamatio

    Chapter Five: The Teacher at Avignon

    De stipulationum divisionibus

    De verborum obligationibus, 1519

    Chapter Six: Religion and Philosophy. Contra vitam monasticam

    Chapter Seven: Philology: a Theory of Language

    The Commentaria

    De verborum significatione libri quatuor

    Book 1

    “Proprietas”

    “Proprietas” in law

    “Proprietas” and the “plebiscitum municipale”

    “Proprietas” and the avoidance of inequities

    Book 2

    “Improprietas”

    “Usus”

    “Extensio” as a means of interpretation

    Book 3

    Book 4

    The dedication to Archbishop de Tournon

    Chapter Eight: The Teacher at Bourges

    Ad rescripta principum commentarii. “Letter to the Reader”

    Chapter Nine: Philology: “Obiter dicta”. Parergon iuris

    Chapter Ten: The Poet

    Emblemata

    “Philargyrus”

    Conclusions

    Works Cited

    Index

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2022-09-01
    Nbr Pages Arabes 208
    Collection Travaux d'humanisme et renaissance
    ISBN 13 978-2-600-06372-2
    Type Nom