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Roma instaurata, Italia illustrata, Roma triumphans: Flavio Biondo's Encyclopaedic Project for a Dictionary of Antiquities

Rome restaurée, Italie illustrée, Rome triomphante, le projet encyclopédique de Flavio Biondo pour un dictionnaire des Antiquités

Anne Raffarin

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In insisting in the preface to his work that all the domains of knowledge are useful for architecture, Vitruvius grants a dignity to all forms of learning and provides a universal entry into his work. 1 It is precisely in this affirmation that the principle of Roman encyclopaedism resides: in presenting learned factual information, it is truly destined for a readership comprised of those who are curious and desire to acquire information about a precise domain of knowledge. Clearly this must be the reason why Pliny and other Roman encyclopaedic authors very infrequently subjected different levels of transmitted knowledge to a hierarchical ranking. In effect, such a distinction does not correlate with the primary preoccupation of these authors, who prefer to
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Anne Raffarin. Roma instaurata, Italia illustrata, Roma triumphans: Flavio Biondo's Encyclopaedic Project for a Dictionary of Antiquities. Renaissance Encyclopaedism Studies in Curiosity and Ambition, 2018, Essays and Studies 41. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 978-0-7727-219. ⟨hal-04042283⟩

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