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

Posted on 29 December 2019

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 21 June 2022

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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