Erasmus Biography Facts Britannica Erasmus, in full Desiderius Erasmus, born October , , Rotterdam, Holland now in the Netherlands died July , , Basel, Switzerland , Dutch humanist who was the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance, the first editor of the New Testament, and also an important figure in patristics and classical literature. Desiderius Erasmus Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Erasmus of Rotterdam Dutch Renaissance Scholar Apr , Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam was one of Europe s most famous and influential scholars A man of great intellect who rose from meager beginnings to Erasmus, Desiderius Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA Desiderius Erasmus He was the illegitimate child of Gerard, a citizen of Gouda, and Margaretha Rogers, and at a later date latinized his name as Desiderius Erasmus Eventually his father became a priest Erasmus and an elder brother were brought up at Gouda by their mother.
Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam On Copia of Words and Ideas None
You got to love a man who can say "I was pleased to receive your letter" for 8 straight single-spaced, no-paragraphed pages. And love him I do. Copia isn't just mindless "heaping" in any way--it's finding the "available means" of language. Even those wanting to be brief, as Erasmus points out in the last section, can first know what they COULD say before deciding what they WILL say. What a stud.
A textbook on the canon of style from the discipline of Rhetoric. Erasmus has a sharp wit and likes to show it off. There is one section of the book with over 100 variations of the same sentence! Erasmus's summaries are very short, which makes it difficult to know exactly how to use the figure, and sometimes the terms get confusing, but the book is a very brief intro to a very interesting subject--eloquence.
Practical advise for wordsmiths from a master.
Originally written as a rhetoric textbook, Erasmus’ Copia “put[s] forward some ideas on copia, the abundant style treating its two aspects of content and expression, and giving some examples and pattern” (295). In both his theory and his examples, Erasmus draws copiously from Quintilian and Cicero, “the great father of all eloquence” (297). He claims that learning the abundant style is the best way for students to learn brevity as well as copiousness, and that it is an especially appro [...]