Late Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance

Christopher S. Celenza

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Late Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance


This article examines the links between the fifteenth-century Italian Renaissance and Late Antiquity. It highlights three particular aspects: the realization of Renaissance thinkers that ancient Latin had been a "living" ancient language and the links to history-writing; the miscellany-oriented style of scholarship; and the diversity of late ancient religiosity.

Keywords: ancient Latin; ancient language; history-writing; religiosity; evolution; change; continuity; plurality; late antique period

Article.  13743 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Reception

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