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Summus Mathematicus et Omnis Humanitatis Pater

The Vitae of Vittorino da Feltre and the Spirit of Humanism

Series: Archimedes, Vol. 33

Goeing, Anja-Silvia

2014, VIII, 176 p.

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  • Includes as appendix one translated original Renaissance biography
  • Closes a research gap between humanist educational treatises and experienced humanist classroom practice
  • Provides background information about the first printed mathematics editions
  • Includes bibliography and index that helps researchers to find their way into topics of Renaissance learning and the beginning of print culture
This book revises the picture of the teacher and educator of princes, Vittorino Rambaldoni da Feltre (c. 1378, Feltre -- 1446, Mantua), taking a completely new approach to show his work and life from the individual perspectives created by his students and contemporaries. From 1423 to 1446, Vittorino da Feltre was in charge of a school in Mantua, where his students included not only the offspring of Italy’s princes, but also the first generation of authors dealing with books in print. Among his students were historians like Bartolomeo Sacchi (named Platina), who wrote an extensive history of the popes, and mathematicians like Jacopo Cassiano (Cremonensis), who translated the work of Archimedes from Greek into Latin. Vittorino is still regarded as the educationalist of Italian Renaissance humanism per sé. This work not only contributes to the study of the history of Italian humanist institutions, it also uses available sources to demonstrate the development of a new attitude to education in Italy.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Bartolomeo Platina - Platina’s Concept of Education - Saints' Lives of Francesco da Castiglione - Sassolo da Prato's Correspondence with Leonardo Dati - Sources on Vittorino da Feltre - Teacher-Student Relationship

Related subjects » Education & Language

Table of contents 

Acknowledgements.- 1 Introduction.- 2 The Sources on Vittorino da Feltre.- 3 Sassolo da Prato's Correspondence with Leonardo Dati, ca. 1443–1444.- 4 The Concept of Education in the Second Generation of Vitae and Portraits of Vittorino Da Feltre.- 5 Between History and Praise: Approaches on Understanding Humanist Biographie.- 6 Appendix: The Letter Of Sassolo Da Prato About Vittorino; Translated into English by James Astorga.- References.- Index.

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