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Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought$
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Ann Moss

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159087.001.0001

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Italian Relations and Northern Progenitors

Italian Relations and Northern Progenitors

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(p.51) 3 Italian Relations and Northern Progenitors
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Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought
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Ann Moss

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159087.003.0003

Developments started taking place in private schools in Italy in the early decades of the 15th century. Gasparino da Barzizza himself was one of the first to combine a university post with teaching pupils in his own home, and this he did at Padua between 1407 and 1421. Between 1419 and 1460 the schools of Guarino Guarini at Verona and Ferrara, and the school of Vittorino da Feltre at Mantua were providing the children of the ruling aristocracies with an education in classical languages and literature in ways which were to become immensely influential on the future path of European intellectual life. Excerpting from ancient texts played an important part in the general goal of recovering the culture of the classical Latin world through education. The florilegium was the main the vehicle for committing particularly interesting passages from reading to writing, and thence to memory.

Keywords:   Italy, private school, Gasparino da Barzizza, aristocracies, education, classical language, literature, florilegium

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