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Friends hold all things in common : tradition, intellectual property, and the Adages of Erasmus

Author: Kathy Eden
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Erasmus' Adages - a vast collection of the proverbial wisdom of Greek and Roman antiquity - was published in 1508 and became one of the most influential works of the Renaissance. It also marked a turning point in the history of Western thinking about literary property. At once a singularly successful commercial product of the new printing industry and a repository of intellectual wealth, the Adages looks ahead to  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Desiderius Erasmus; Desiderius Erasmus; Desiderius Erasmus; Desiderius Erasmus
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathy Eden
ISBN: 0300087578 9780300087574
OCLC Number: 47824532
Description: ix, 194 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. What Do a Spoiled Egyptian, a Captive Woman, and a Pythagorean Have in Common?: Erasmus on Tradition --
Ch. 2. Friends and Lovers in the Symposium: Plato on Tradition --
Ch. 3. Plato on Proverbial Wisdom and the Philosophical Life --
Ch. 4. Property, Pythagoras, and Ancient Political Philosophy --
Ch. 5. Pythagoreans and Christians on Traditioning the Common Life --
Ch. 6. Intellectual Property and the Adages.
Responsibility: Kathy Eden.


A study of Erasmus's "Adages". It focuses on both the commitment to friendship and common property that Erasmus shares with his favourite philosophers - Pythagoras, Plato and Christ - and the early  Read more...


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"This excellent book is full of fine scholarship that throws light on conceptions of intellectual property inherited from the classics by Renaissance scholars." Louis Martz, Yale University

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