'Amethystus Princeps Sobrietatis’: signing a sixteenth-century pledge

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
Title'Amethystus Princeps Sobrietatis’: signing a sixteenth-century pledge Author(S)EMMA HERDMAN (Author)
Abstract  Against the backdrop of Montaigne's philosophical and ethical discussion of drunkenness, ecstasy and excess in 'De l'yvrongnerie’, this article introduces the literary society founded in the 1570s by Johann Posthius and Paul Melissus in reaction to the licentiousness they perceived in Germany's long-established drinking culture. Through analysis of the anthology of neo-Latin verse that they consequently compiled, the Collegii Posthimelissaei Votum, their humanist society may be seen to have been founded out of a combination of religious, patriotic and vocational concerns. ...Paginationp 114-132
SubjectEurope -- HistoryDescriptorsRenaissance
Journal TitleRenaissance studies: Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies  
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