A great thing indeed it was to have learnt morals from Socrates and set one's life in order under his instructions; yet I have had far more from you -- besides an infinity of other things, one above all, that you taught me to seek the philosophy of Christ {quod me Christum sapere docuisti}, and not to seek that only but to imitate Him, to worship Him, to love Him. ( CWE 4:69/8- 12; Allen II, 341/7-10)

And further on in the letter Glareanus stresses that it was not merely good letters that he learned from Erasmus, but caritas:

It was not eloquence or learning on which you taught me to rely, it was on truly Christian love; and accordingly I owe you a debt of gratitude the most abundant, undying, superlative and all the other long words our common throng of stylists are so fond of, and which (more to the point) I pray Christ may repay to you in view of all that you have done for me. (lines 33-37) 11

Here is a flowering of christian humanism. In all these months of being bone-weary in work on the editions, Erasmus evidently had not lost sight of the larger goals: all his labours were towards the end of knowing and loving God, and of leading others to that philosophy of Christ as well. Erasmus had been a teacher of grammar and rhetoric in Paris (chapter 14) and of Greek and theology at Cambridge (chapter 27), and through his books he continued to be such a teacher -- even, a teacher of teachers. But he was also a moral teacher, as Glareanus so vividly testifies.


Notes
1)
According to Ep. 370 from van Borssele the appointment had been proposed in November 1515 ( CWE 3:191/18: this is the first mention of Erasmus as a councillor; Allen II, 161/18); and by February 1516 he regarded himself as having actually entered upon his office ( Ep.392/15-16). It is likely, as Allen suggests ( II, 161/18n) that his actual appointment is to be dated from January 1516.
2)
See, e.g., Tracy, Erasmus, 129, citing Ep. 370. Allen dates the first proposal to Erasmus as May 1515, and late January or early February 1516 as the date by which Erasmus had entered upon his office ( II, 161 n. 18). It is worth noting that the salary of 300 florins had not been paid by 1517 and Le Sauvage advanced 200 florins from his own pocket ( Ep.597/26). See CWE 5:9 and 63, for discussion of the transaction, which left most of the annuity unpaid.
3)
One begins with the long-standard edition of Lester K. Born, The Education of a Christian Prince ( New York, 1936), with its careful tracing of the sources for Erasmus: Isocrates, Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, Suetonius, Plutarch, Dio Chrysostom, Pseudo-Sallust, Marcus Aurelius, Dio Cassius, the Panegyrici Latini, Julian, Synesius, Augustine, to

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Notes xiv
  • List of Abbreviations xv
  • List of ILlustrations xvii
  • 18 Return from England: the Years in Flanders and Paris, 1501-1502 1
  • 19 the Early Louvain Years, 1502-1504 14
  • Notes 24
  • 20 the Enchiridion: 'Philosophia Christi' 28
  • Notes 40
  • 21 1504, a Threshold Year 41
  • Notes 49
  • 22 Return to England, 1505-1506 51
  • Notes 59
  • 23 Italy, 1506-1509 62
  • Notes 71
  • 24 the Adages 74
  • Notes 82
  • 25 England Again, 1509: the 'Period of Silence' 86
  • Notes 92
  • 25 the Praise of Folly 95
  • Notes 105
  • 27 the Cambridge Years, 1511-1514 109
  • Notes 122
  • 28 the Changing World in 1514 126
  • 29 Vocation and Life-Style 140
  • Notes 147
  • 30 to Basel, Summer 1514 149
  • Notes 161
  • 31 1516, the Annus Mirabilis 165
  • Notes 173
  • 32 the New Testament: A Life Work 175
  • Notes 189
  • Notes 210
  • 34 the Rising Storm of Controversy: Erasmus and His Catholic Critics, 1517-1522 216
  • Notes 231
  • 35 the Colloquies 236
  • Notes 243
  • Erasmus and His Friends: His Audience and His Geography 247
  • Notes 259
  • 37 Reform and Reformation: Ecclesia Semper Reformanda 263
  • Notes 278
  • 38 the Basel Years, 1521-1529: the Reformation Storm Rising 283
  • 39 Erasmus and Luther: on the Freedom of the Will 298
  • Notes 306
  • 40 Language and Style 310
  • Notes 317
  • 41 the Basel Years: Humanism and Religion 320
  • Notes 333
  • 42 the Freiburg Years, 1529-1535 337
  • Notes 346
  • 43 the Final Act at Basel: Summer 1535 to July 1536 350
  • Notes 359
  • 44 the Achievement of Erasmus and His Place in History 362
  • Notes 377
  • Appendix C Erasmus' Dispensations 381
  • Notes 383
  • Appendix D Erasmus' Wills 384
  • Notes 385
  • Appendix E Portraits of Erasmus 387
  • An Erasmian Chronology: LIfe and Writings 390
  • Bibliography 393
  • Index of Names of Persons 408
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