Julius Pomponius Laetus

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Laetus, Julius Pomponius


(Giulio Pomponio Leto). Born in 1428, in Diano; died in 1497, in Rome. Italian humanist. A pupil of Lorenzo Valla.

In 1465, Laetus founded a society of humanists in Rome, known as the Accademia Romana, where ancient philosophy was studied and where medieval Scholasticism and the Catholic Church were criticized. In 1468, Laetus and other members of the academy were charged with a conspiracy to remove Pope Paul II and to organize in Rome a republic of pagan philosophers. He was arrested but soon thereafter liberated by Paul II’s successor. During the years 1472–73, Laetus traveled through the lands of southern Rus’ and described his impressions of the journey in his commentaries to Virgil’s Georgics. His most important historical work was The Caesars, which related the history of the Roman Empire and Byzantium from the third to the seventh centuries (Laetus considered Byzantium to be the only true successor to the Roman Empire).


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Fritsen extends this critical conversation by focusing her study on the humanist Fasti commentaries produced during the fifteenth century by Paolo Marsi, Antonio Costanzi, Antonio Volsco, and Pomponio Leto as well as other members of the so-called Roman Academy and its peripheral Italian colleagues.
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As Susanna de Beer shows, his knowledge of classical poetry was considerable, as befitted a university teacher (he was appointed Professor of Rhetoric at Perugia in 1455) and member of the 'Academies' of Pomponio Leto and Cardinal Bessarion in Rome in the late 1460s.
The alleged perpetrators included Pomponio Leto, head of the Roman Academy, and Bartolomeo Platina, perhaps the leading Roman humanist of the period.
D'Elia cannot conclude that there was a plot, let alone that Platina, Callimachus, Pomponio Leto, and the other humanists were part of it.
I found the prison letters of Bartolomeo Platina and Pomponio Leto ...
Born in a feudal duchy of Aragon ruled by the Pietro Giampaola Cantelmo, educated with Pomponio Leto in Rome in the 1480s, he returned to Naples as Giampolo's secretary in 1494.
By examining individual letter-forms, Barker concludes that Aldus's manuscript hand was indeed the model for the Aldine italic, but that his hand was influenced by that of Pomponio Leto and others of Leto's circle.
It also includes the Romanae historae compendium of Pomponius Laetus (Giulio Pomponio Leto of Diano, AD 1428-98) and Romanorum principum libri tres of Iohannes Baptista Egnatius (Giambattista Egnazio of Venice, AD 1478-1553).
Modigliani, Anna, Patricia Osmond, Marianne Pade, and Johann Ramminger, eds, Pomponio Leto tra identita locale e cultura internazionale: atti Del Convegno Internazionale, Teggiano, 3-5 Ottobre 2008 (RR Inedita Saggi, 48), Rome, Roma nel Rinascimento, 2011; paperback; pp.
The volume contains the following essays: Stefano Pittaluga, "Errori 'obbligati' nel commento di Nicola Trevet alla Phaiedra di Seneca"; Christian Coppens, "Et amicorum: Not Just for Friends"; Lucia Gualdo Rosa, "Le strane vicende di Seneca nelle biografie umanistiche da Gasparino Barzizza a Erasmo, con qualche eccezione alla scuola di Pomponio Leto"; Klara Pajorin, "Per la storia della novella.