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Unformatted text preview: Subject: History 151 Date: November 10, 2010 Whither politics?- Some new textual finds… Ptolemy, the 2 nd century-geographer/astronomer/ mathematician who worked at the library of Alexandria, had one of his greatest text- On Geography- translated from Greek to Latin…in 1406. It became the Da Vinci Code of the 15 th c! The must-have book. 1406? It was part of the Renaissance 1482 German edn. Of Ptolemy’s On Geography Contemporary woodcut: Columbus’s landing (1492) European expansiveness at what cost?-Disease, attempted eradication of New World paganism, slavery, and ruthless economic exploitation (esp. at the silver mines of Potosi in today’s Bolivia) probably made many American Idians wonder what was so great about the European Renaissance.-Ultimately even many Europeans would recoil in horror (e.g., Bartolome de las Casas and Michel de Montaigne). Another earth-shaking “find” in 1457-The humanist scholar Lorenzo Valla, in the employ of the king of Naples, “found” that the so-...
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- Spring '10
- History, renaissance, PICO DELLA MIRANDOLA, Lorenzo Valla, textual finds… Ptolemy, scholar Lorenzo Valla