339. I’d Like to Thank the Academy: Florentine Platonism

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The blossoming of Renaissance Platonism under the Medici, who supported the scholarship of Poliziano, Ficino, and Pico della Mirandola.



Further Reading

• C.S. Celenza, Angelo Poliziano’s Lamia: Text, Translation, and Introductory Studies (Leiden: 2010).


• A.M. Brown, “Platonism in Fifteenth-Century Florence and its Contribution to Early Modern Political Thought,” Journal of Modern History 58 (1986), 383-413.

• A. Field, The Origins of the Platonic Academy of Florence (Princeton: 1988).

• E. Garin, La cultura filosofica del Rinascimento italiano (Florence: 1961).

• P. Godman, From Poliziano to Machiavelli: Florentine Humanism in the High Renaissance (Princeton: 1998).

• A. Grafton, “On the Scholarship of Politian and Its Context,” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 40 (1977), 150-88.

• J. Hankins, Plato in the Italian Renaissance, 2 vols (Leiden: 1990).

• J. Hankins, “Cosimo de’ Medici and the ‘Platonic Academy,’” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 53 (1990), 144-62.

• J. Hankins, “The Myth of the Platonic Academy of Florence,” Renaissance Quarterly 44 (1991), 429-75.


Steven C on 21 June 2022

Source Material Plato Translation

So if Cosmo Medici purchased  Plato codex Florence, Laur. LXXXV, 9, from Gemistus Pletho.  How old was Florence, Laur. LXXXV, 9, what was it  copied from, and how/when did it get to Constantinople?

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