Erasmi Roterodami Encomium Moriae

Erasmi Roterodami Encomium Moriae

Basel (Switzerland) — Ca. 1515

Erasmi Roterodami Encomium Moriae

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Erasmi Roterodami Encomium Moriae

Erasmi Roterodami Encomium Moriae or In Praise of Folly by Erasmus of Rotterdam is a Latin essay written in 1509 that is regarded as one of the most significant works of the Renaissance and played an important role in the early stages of the Protestant Reformation. It is a work of satire attacking superstitions, the Catholic Church, and various European traditions. Originally written within a week’s time, Erasmus edited and appended his work while staying with Sir Thomas More, another noteworthy humanist, at his home in London. The work begins with an encomium, a speech in praise of someone or something, in which Folly praises himself before moving on to a series of orations praising things like self-deception and madness before examining the superstitious abuses of Catholic doctrine. Its text is full of double or even triple meanings and the title can also be read as “In Praise of More”, the close friend of Erasmus with whom he shared a love of dry humor. The work enjoyed tremendous success across Europe, was translated in various languages, and even Pope Leo X is reported to have been amused by it.

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Alternative Titles
Erasmus von Rotterdam - Lob der Torheit
Date
Ca. 1515
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Content
Praise of folly
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Previous Owners
Oswald Myconius

Available facsimile editions:
Limited Edition: 750 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Erasmi Roterodami Encomium moriae

Limited Edition: 750 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Heinrich Alfred Schmid and Helen Henrietta Tanzer
Languages: English, German
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