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Celenza, Christopher S. 1967-

Overview
Works: 31 works in 112 publications in 3 languages and 5,000 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: DG445, 945.05072
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Most widely held works by Christopher S Celenza
The lost Italian Renaissance : humanists, historians, and Latin's legacy by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian and literary scholar Christopher Celenza argues that serious interest in the intellectual life of Renaissance Italy can be reinvigorated -- and the nature of the Renaissance itself reconceived -- by recovering a major part of its intellectual and cultural activity that has been largely ignored since the Renaissance was first "discovered": the vast body of works -- literary, philosophical, poetic, and religious -- written in Latin. Produced between the mid-fourteenth and the early sixteenth centuries by major figures such as Leonardo Bruni, Lorenzo Valla, Marsilio Ficino, and Leon Battista Alberti, as well as minor but interesting thinkers like Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger, this literature was initially overlooked by scholars of the Renaissance because they were not written in the vernacular Italian which alone was seen as was the supreme expression of a culture. This lack of attention, which continued well into the twentieth century, has led interpreters to misread key aspects of the Renaissance. Offering a flexible theoretical framework within which to understand these Latin texts, Celenza explains why these "lost" sources are distinctive and why they are worthy of study
Machiavelli : a portrait by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Machiavellian"--Used to describe the ruthless cunning of the power-obsessed and the pitiless - is never meant as a compliment. But the man whose name became shorthand for all that is ugly in politics was more engaging and nuanced than his reputation suggests. Christopher S. Celenza's Machiavelli: A Portrait removes the varnish of centuries to reveal not only the hardnosed political philosopher but the skilled diplomat, learned commentator on ancient history, comic playwright, tireless letter writer, and thwarted lover. Machiavelli's hometown was the epicenter of the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century, a place of unparalleled artistic and intellectual attainments. But Florence was also riven by extraordinary violence. War and public executions were commonplace - Machiavelli himself was imprisoned and brutally tortured at the behest of his own government. These experiences left a deep impression on this keen observer of power politics, whose two masterpieces - The Prince and The Discourses - draw everywhere on the hard-won wisdom gained from navigating a treacherous world. But like many of Machiavelli's fellow Florentines, he also immersed himself in the Latin language and wisdom of authors from the classical past. And for all of Machiavelli's indifference to religion, vestiges of Christianity remained in his thought, especially the hope for a redeemer - a prince who would provide the stability so rare in Machiavelli's worldly experience
Piety and Pythagoras in Renaissance Florence : the Symbolum nesianum by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance humanism and the Papal Curia : Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger's De curiae commodis by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Celenza presents a detailed examination of this neglected but important humanist. A contemporary and acquaintance of Leonardo Bruni, Leon Battista Alberti, and other humanist greats, Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger presented a bird's-eye view of the papal court. This volume expands the growing canon of Italian Renaissance Latin literature by providing the first truly critical edition of this work as well as the first-ever English translation. In addition, Celenza offers a study that illuminates the social and intellectual context of early humanism. The book discusses Lapo's life and work, the literary context of the dialogue, and the manner in which Lapo skillfully criticized the papal court even as he sought employment there."--Jacket
Humanism and creativity in the Renaissance : essays in honor of Ronald G. Witt by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

12 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Angelo Poliziano's Lamia : text, translation, and introductory studies by Angelo Poliziano( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1492, Angelo Poliziano published his Lamia, a praelectio, or opening oration to a course he would teach that academic year on Aristotles Prior Analytics at the Florentine university. Having heard murmurings that he was not philosopher enough to teach the Aristotelian text, Poliziano strikes back, offering in effect a fable-tinted history of philosophy even as he strikes back at his presumed detractors. More than a repudiation of local gossip, the text, framed by fables, represents a rethinking of the mission of philosophy. This volume offers the first English translation, an edition of the
Il Rinascimento perduto : la letteratura latina nella cultura italiana del Quattrocento by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in Italian and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christianity, latinity, and culture : two studies on Lorenzo Valla by Salvatore I Camporeale( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The work of Lorenzo Valla (1406-57) has enjoyed renewed attention in recent years, as have new critical editions of his texts. One of the most interesting interpreters of Valla, Salvatore I. Camporeale, O.P., had a following among scholars who read Italian, but very little of his work saw the light in English before his death in 2002. This book presents two of Camporeale's studies on Valla in English, which examine in detail two of Valla's works: his treatise on the Donation of Constantine (undoubtedly the work for which Valla is best known) and his Encomium of Saint Thomas Aquinas, delivered publicly in the last year of Valla's life and, in Camporeale's reading, summing up Valla's multi-faceted thought
Angelo Poliziano's Lamia text, translation, and introductory studies by Angelo Poliziano( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and Latin and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1492, Angelo Poliziano published his Lamia, a praelectio, or opening oration to a course he would teach that academic year on Aristotles Prior Analytics at the Florentine university. Having heard murmurings that he was not philosopher enough to teach the Aristotelian text, Poliziano strikes back, offering in effect a fable-tinted history of philosophy even as he strikes back at his presumed detractors. More than a repudiation of local gossip, the text, framed by fables, represents a rethinking of the mission of philosophy. This volume offers the first English translation, an edition of the Latin text, and four studies that set this rich example of humanist Latin writing in context
A Renaissance humanist's view of his intellectual and cultural environment in the year 1438 : Lapo da Castiglionchio Jr.'s De curie commodis by Christopher S Celenza( )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From center to periphery in the Florentine intellectual field : orthodoxy reconsidered by Christopher S Celenza( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance humanism and the New Testament : Lorenzo Valla's annotations to the Vulgata by Christopher S Celenza( )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pythagoras in the Renaissance : the case of Marsilio Ficino by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parallel lives : Plutarch's Lives, Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger (1405-1438) and the art of Italian Renaissance translation by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance humanism and the New Testament : Lorenzo Valla's annotations to the Vulgate by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Late antiquity and the Florentine Renaissance : historiographical parallels by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The will of Cardinal Giordano Orsini (ob. 1438) by Christopher S Celenza( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francesco Cattani da Diacceto's "De pulchro", II.4, and the practice of Renaissance platonism by Christopher S Celenza( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Late antiquity and the Italian Renaissance by Christopher S Celenza( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The lost Italian Renaissance : humanists, historians, and Latin's legacy
Alternative Names
Celenza, Christopher

Languages
English (96)

Italian (4)

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Piety and Pythagoras in Renaissance Florence : the Symbolum nesianumRenaissance humanism and the Papal Curia : Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger's De curiae commodisHumanism and creativity in the Renaissance : essays in honor of Ronald G. WittAngelo Poliziano's Lamia : text, translation, and introductory studiesAngelo Poliziano's Lamia text, translation, and introductory studiesA Renaissance humanist's view of his intellectual and cultural environment in the year 1438 : Lapo da Castiglionchio Jr.'s De curie commodis