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War, Liberty, and CaesarResponses to Lucan's Bellum Ciuile, ca. 1580 - 1650$
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Edward Paleit

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199602988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602988.001.0001

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Lucan and Humanist Pedagogy

Lucan and Humanist Pedagogy

(p.31) 1 Lucan and Humanist Pedagogy
War, Liberty, and Caesar

Edward Paleit

Oxford University Press

This chapter forms the first of two within Part One, ‘Contexts of Reading’. It examines the conceptual and cultural frameworks which shaped how Lucan was understood and used by English early modern readers, making use both of English and continental examples, and often looking backwards to developments in sixteenth-century humanist scholarship. Its central task is to convey a number of key themes and ideas for reference and comparison in later sections. In particular it examines how Lucan’s marginal status within the Tudor pedagogical curriculum, due to a grammatical prejudice against post-Augustan poets strengthened by the moral and sectarian prejudices of humanist pedagogues, can actually be used to explain his subsequent growth in popularity.

Keywords:   renaissance humanism, classical scholarship, Lucan, early modern education, grammar schools, the renaissance university, grammar, Latinitas, post-Augustan poets, Roger Ascham, Johann Sturm, Joachim Camerarius, Julius Caesar Scaliger

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