Jodocus Badius Ascensius: Commentary, Commerce and Print in the Renaissance

Hardcover | November 17, 2013

byPaul White

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Jodocus Badius Ascensius (1462-1535) was a scholar and printer who played a central role in the flourishing of humanism and print culture in the French Renaissance. In a career spanning four decades, he was involved with the print publication of something approaching one thousand editions. Hewas known for the "familiar" commentaries he wrote and published as introductions to the major authors of Latin (and, less frequently, Greek) antiquity, as well as on texts by medieval and contemporary authors. His commentaries and prefaces document the early stages of French humanism, and his textsplayed a major role in forming the minds of future generations. This book provides an account of Badius's contributions to pedagogy, scholarship, printing and humanist culture. Its main focus is on Latin language commentaries on classical texts. It examines Badius's multiple roles in the light of changing conceptions of textual culture during the Renaissance. Italso explores the wider context of the communities with which Badius cultivated relationships: scholars and printers, figures from religious orders, the university and officialdom. It considers the readerships for which Badius produced texts in France, England, Scotland, the Low Countries, andbeyond. It explores the ways in which humanists understood the circulation of knowledge in terms of economy and commerce, and their conceptualisations of commentary as a site of cultural mediation.

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Jodocus Badius Ascensius (1462-1535) was a scholar and printer who played a central role in the flourishing of humanism and print culture in the French Renaissance. In a career spanning four decades, he was involved with the print publication of something approaching one thousand editions. Hewas known for the "familiar" commentaries he...

Paul White is Fellow in Modern and Medieval Languages at Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197265545

ISBN - 13:9780197265543

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1. Jodocus Badius Ascensius: The Making of a Name2. Self-Representation and Authorship3. Defining Commentary4. Badius and Textual Culture5. The Commerce of Learning6. Silvae morales (1492)7. Badius's Commentary Editions: The Classical Poets8. 'Morals and Letters'Conclusion