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Classical Learning in Britain, France, and the Dutch Republic, 1690-1750 – Beyond the Ancients and the Moderns - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Classical Learning in Britain, France, and the Dutch Republic, 1690-1750: Beyond the Ancients and the Moderns

Floris Verhaart


The Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was a moment when scholars and thinkers across Europe reflected on how they saw their relationship with the past, especially classical antiquity. Many readers in the Renaissance had appreciated the writings of ancient Latin and Greek authors not just for their literary value, but also as important sources of information that could be usefully applied in their own age. By the late seventeenth century, however, it was felt that the authority of the ancients was no longer needed and that their knowl ... More

Keywords: classical scholarship, Enlightenment, Dutch Republic, France, England, Renaissance, humanism, Jean Le Clerc, Richard Bentley

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198861690
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198861690.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Floris Verhaart, author
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in History, Queen's University Belfast

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