Christopher S. Celenza (NHC Fellow, 2003–04)

Project Title

Intellectuals and Ritual: Late Antiquity and the Search for Ancient Wisdom in Early Modern Europe

Michigan State University

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2003–04

Christopher S. Celenza put the finishing touches on his book The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists, Historians, and Latin's Legacy, which has been published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2004), and an article, "Creating Canons in Fifteenth-Century Ferrara: Angelo Decembrio's De politia litteraria, 1.10," which appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 57 (2004). He drafted a chapter for his book project Intellectuals and Ritual: Late Antiquity and the Search for Ancient Wisdom in Early Modern Europe, and wrote a journal article, "Decadent Platonisms, Late Ancient, Early Modern, and Modern," which will also become part of the book. He wrote an article, "An Unpublished Letter of Giovanni Nesi to Piero de' Medici," to be published in the Italian journal Bruniana et Campanelliana, and one called "Petrarch, Latin, and the Vernacular in Retrospect," to appear in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Fall 2005). He prepared a paper titled "Rhetoric, Philosophy, and Lorenzo Valla: The Work of Salvatore Camporeale," which will be submitted for publication as part of a set of papers dedicated to Salvatore Camporeale.