An Universal History, Tr [by J C Prichard]

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 484 pages
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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1818. Excerpt: ... The knight Manuel Chrysoloras, now instructed the Florentines in reading and comprehending those writings of the ancient Greeks whom Boccacio had taught them to admire; and John Argyropulus afterwards instructed the son and grandson of Cosmo. Argyropulus was ennobled by a series of illustrious ancestors; he carried his ideas of morality almost too far, when he destroyed his translation of Plato in order that it might do no injury to that of his friend Theodorus of Gaza, which was not so well executed as his own. Theodorus was also one of those who loved knowledge for its own sake, and not from interest or vanity. The learned men above mentioned, with Callistus the teacher of Reuchlin; Demetrius Chalcocondylas, who superintended the printing of Homer; John Lascaris, who was sent by the house of Medici to collect literary treasures; Constantinus Lascaris, Hermonymus the Lacedaemonian, and many others, were engaged in grammatical pursuits; and many were excellent caligraphers.: . The first attempts in the art of printing, which is called in the contract of Guttenberg with the citizens of Stras . ' burs', " the wonderful secret," were feeble and slow (juttenberg, who was a nobleman or Mayence, injured his fortune in the pursuit; and as he was defrauded during his life by his associates, posterity also, for a long time, did him the injustice to attribute his invention to another. SECTION XXIII. . . VENICE. -.. DEGREES . When the Venetians had brought a long war against the Genoese to a victorious conclusion, they began to erect a sovereignty on the continent, which brought their republic into the greatest difficulties; but which in the sequel was the only part of their splendid acquisitions that re hi their vicinity, apprehending that they might become as powerful by land as they were ...

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