Praising Discord: Speroni’s 'Dialogo della Discordia' and Erasmus’ Influence

Erasmus Studies 35 (2):137-153 (2015)

This paper aims to explore the variety of sophistic argumentations that the Paduan philosopher and writer Sperone Speroni (1500-1588) applies in the so-called paradoxical work Dialogo della Discordia (1542), in which style as well as content factor into the author’s interest in ancient sophistic rhetoric. In analyzing the subject, the paper focuses on the influence of Erasmus’ Praise of Folly (1511) in Speroni’s dialogue. In so doing, the paper also intends to contribute to a deeper understanding of the impact of Erasmus’ work in the Venetian area - in particular, the rebirth of ancient sophistic literature in the Italian Renaissance.
Keywords Sperone Speroni  Erasmus  Sophistic tradition  rhetoric  dialogue
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