Platonic Theology, Volume 6: Books XVII-XVIII (I Tatti by Marsilio Ficino, James Hankins, Michael J. B. Allen

By Marsilio Ficino, James Hankins, Michael J. B. Allen

The Platonic Theology is a visionary paintings and the philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was once principally liable for the Renaissance revival of Plato. A scholar of the Neoplatonic faculties of Plotinus and Proclus, he was once dedicated to reconciling Platonism with Christianity, within the desire that this sort of reconciliation may start up a religious revival and go back of the golden age. His Platonic evangelizing used to be eminently winning and generally influential, and his Platonic Theology, translated into English for the 1st time during this version, is among the keys to figuring out the artwork, idea, tradition, and spirituality of the Renaissance. This 6th and ultimate quantity of the I Tatti Renaissance Library version contains entire indexes to the full paintings. (20061005)

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Medical historians continue to argue over the origin of syphilis. Some say that it was a mutation of an earlier, less virulent, disease, others hold that it was brought from the Americas to Europe by returning sailors and soldiers. Whatever its origin, what is certainly the case is that it spread like wildfire throughout Europe, where the population had no resistance to it, and traditional medicine offered neither answers nor a cure. By the beginning of the fifteenth century, death from the pox was seizing the imagination of the public, much as death from HIV-AIDS did in the 1980s.

The Stuarts’ inflexible defense of ‘the divine right of kings’ galvanized the opposition from the parliamentary forces which was eventually to prove their downfall, as country split into Royalists and Parliamentarians, each with their own military forces. That conflict had both religious and economic dimensions. Parliamentary leaders found allies in Puritan radicals, as Puritan insistence on individual responsibility, and its resistance to Episcopal (let alone Papal) authority, had a corollary in resistance to monarchy; nowhere is this as clear as in the writings of that politician and poet John Milton, who wrote numerous fiery tracts defending radical liberty.

That conflict among professional historians is a fitting mirror for the conflicting energies driving the authors discussed in this volume, and the extremely diverse interpretations of those authors that readers have proposed in the intervening centuries. Just as earlier writers such as Wyatt, Marlowe, Shakespeare and Jonson engaged with political theory, the seventeenth-century writers such as Katherine Philips, John Milton and Andrew Marvell continued to draw on the political debates and divisions of the country to help create 38 The Historical Context of English Renaissance Literature their literature.

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