Plato in Renaissance England

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 29, 2013 - Philosophy - 204 pages
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This book offers a radical reappraisal of the reputation of Plato in England between 1423 and 1603. Using many materials not hitherto available, including evidence of book publishing and book ownership, together with a comprehensive survey of allusions to Plato, the author shows that the English were far less interested in Plato than most historians have thought. Although the English, like the French, knew the `court' Plato as well as the `school' Plato, the English published only two works by Plato during this period, while the French published well over 100 editions, including several of the complete Works. In England allusions to Plato occur more often in prose writers such as Whetstone, Green, and Lodge, than in poets like Spenser and Chapman. Sidney did take his `Stella' from Plato, but most English allusions to Plato were taken not directly from Plato or from Ficino, but from other authors, especially Mornay, Nani-Mirabelli, Ricchieri, Steuco, and Tixier.
 

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Contents

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LIST OF TABLES Works of the Chrysoloras revival
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The Chrysoloras Revival in England
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Greys Platonic acquisitions
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Importation of dialogues of Plato
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The Relapse into Medievalism
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Works involving Plato printed by Caxton
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Early Elizabethan Translations
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The Later Years of Elizabeth I 15791603
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Late Elizabethan Translations
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The Stuart Phase 16031700
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Works attributed to Plato and in England 14231485
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The Pletho Revival of Plato in Italy
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Plato in Pletho
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Chronology of the Pletho revival in Rome
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Ficinos De amore
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Chronology of the Pletho revival in Florence
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The Early Tudors 14851558
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The Early Years of Elizabeth I l5581578
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Bibliography
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