In 1492, Angelo Poliziano released his Lamia, a praelectio, or starting oration to a path he might train that educational yr on Aristotle s previous Analytics on the Florentine collage. Having heard murmurings that he used to be no longer thinker adequate to educate the Aristotelian textual content, Poliziano moves again, delivering in impact a fable-tinted historical past of philosophy. greater than a repudiation of neighborhood gossip, the textual content represents a rethinking of the undertaking of philosophy. This quantity bargains the 1st English translation, an variation of the Latin textual content, and 4 reviews that set this wealthy instance of humanist Latin writing in context.
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Addidimus ipsi, et quidem Seriphiis). Ecquis est, inquit, tam stolidus atque sensu carens, qui patronum hunc egregrium cum altero, quisquis est, nefario grammatista colludere non intelligat? Mihi quidem videtur flere ad tumulum novercae, nullam homini fidem habeo . 41 Poliziano was patently attracted to this notion that the study of language and logic represented a frontier for Aristotle, even as Poliziano’s own ad fontes mentality allowed him first to read, and then symbolically to leap over, the many thinkers who had gone before him.
Vos, ut lubet, ridetote. 56 On this tradition, see W. Burkert, Lore and Science, 192–208. For the functions that the symbola (or akousmata) served in ancient Pythagorean communities, see Burkert, Lore and Science, 166–92. S. ) and F. Vuilleumier Laurens, La raison des figures symboliques a la renaissance et a l’âge classique (Geneva: Droz, 2000). 59 See Wesseling, “Introduction,” xxv–xxviii; Celenza, Piety and Pythagoras, 4–52; Vuilleumier Laurens, La raison des figures symboliques, 21–80. 57 24 christopher s.
Medieval uses of the word in Italian vernaculars prior to Poliziano indicate different meanings, all of them negative. The Pungilingua of fra Domenico Cavalca (c. 50 49 Domenico Cavalca, Il pungilingua, ed. Giovanni Bottari (Milan: Giovanni Silvestri, 1837), 126: “E Geremia profeta si lamenta di questi adulatori sotto simiglianza di lamie, e dice ‘Lamiae nudaverunt mammas, lactaverunt catulos suos’. Lamia è una bestia crudele, la quale, poichè ha allattato i suoi categli, sì gli straccia e divoragli.