This work offers examples of how historians, writers, playwrights, and painters in the early modern period used ancient history as a rich field of raw material that could be used, recycled, and adapted to new needs and purposes. They focused on classical antiquity as a source from which they could recreate the past as a way of understanding and legitimizing the present. The contributors to this volume have addressed a number of important, common issues that span a range of subjects from 15th-century Italian painting to the teaching of Greek history in 18th-century Germany.
Karl Enenkel teaches Latin and Neo-Latin Literature in the Department of Classics, Leiden University. Jan L. de Jong is Assistant Professor of Italian Renaissance Art at Groningen University, The Netherlands. Jeanine De Landtsheer is a Research Fellow at the Catholic University of Leuven.
Jan L. de Jong, Jeanine de Landtsheer, Karl A. E. Enenkel