Results 31 – 55 of 55 Encomium Moraie, i.e. Stultitiae Laus. Lob der Torheit. Basler Ausgabe von by HOLBEIN,HANS. Erasmus,Desiderius. and a great. Desiderius Erasmus’ The Praise of Folly [translation of the original Neolatin title Moriae encomium seu laus stultitiae, ] is one of the most. Published: (); Stultitae laus. By: Erasmus, Desiderius, d. Published: ( ); The Erasmus, Stultitiae laus / [text with commentary by John F. Collins].

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In Praise of Folly – Wikipedia

Retrieved from ” https: The essay ends with a straightforward laks of Christian ideals. It barely exists today. It influenced the teaching of rhetoric during the later sixteenth century, and the art of adoxography or praise of worthless subjects became a popular exercise in Elizabethan grammar schools: Philosophers and Religious Leaders; Volume 2 of Lives and legacies.

Folly praises herself endlessly, arguing that life would be dull and distasteful without her.

Stultitiae Laus

Stultitiae Laus or Moriae Encomium ; Greek title: Erasmus had recently returned disappointed from Rome, where he had turned down offers of advancement in stiltitiae curiaand Folly increasingly takes on Erasmus’ own chastising voice. The double or triple meanings go stjltitiae throughout the text. In Praise of Folly is considered one of the most notable works of the Renaissance and played an important role in the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.


Erasmus revised and extended his work, which was originally written in the space of a week while sojourning with Sir Thomas More at More’s house in Bucklersbury in the City of London. Even Leo X and Cardinal Cisneros are said to have found it amusing.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote Wikisource. An English edition soon followed. Lof der Zotheidlaaus an essay written in Latin in by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam and first printed in June Adagia Textus Receptus Apophthegmatum opus Uses editors parameter link. Views Read Edit View history. Latin Wikisource has original stultitiar related to this article: In Praise of Folly. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Wikisource has original text related to this article: Folly parades as a goddess, offspring sgultitiae Plutusthe god of wealth and a nymphFreshness.

The University in Medieval Life, — Her faithful companions include Philautia self-loveKolakia flatteryLethe forgetfulnessMisoponia lazinessHedone pleasureAnoia dementiaTryphe wantonnessand two gods, Komos intemperance and Nigretos Hypnos heavy sleep. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Of earthly existence, Folly pompously states, “you’ll find nothing frolic or fortunate that it owes stultitoae to me.

She was nursed by two other nymphs, Inebriation and Ignorance. The essay is filled with classical allusions delivered in a style typical of the learned humanists of the Renaissance.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: This article needs additional citations for verification. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In Praise of Folly starts off with a satirical learned encomiumin which Folly praises herself, after the manner of the Greek satirist Lucianwhose work Erasmus and Sir Thomas More had recently translated into Latin, a piece of virtuoso foolery; it then takes a darker tone in a series of orations, as Folly praises self-deception and madness and moves to a satirical examination of pious but superstitious abuses of Catholic doctrine and corrupt practices in parts of the Roman Catholic Church —to which Erasmus was ever faithful—and the folly of pedants.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Moriae Encomium was hugely popular, to Erasmus’ astonishment and sometimes his dismay.

Even Erasmus’ close friends had been initially skeptical and warned him of possible dangers to himself from thus attacking the established religion. The title “Morias Encomium” can also be read as meaning “In praise of More”. Erasmus was a good friend of More, with whom he shared a taste for dry humor and other intellectual pursuits. Its role in the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation [2] stem from the foundation of critique which the essay stultiitae against the practices of the Church and its political allies.