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« Reply #90 on: October 17, 2008, 08:31:21 pm »

Valla's rhetoric is particularly broad here because the oration is a parody of traditional epideictic. He begins by offering, in classical style, extravagant praise of Aquinas's sanctity, only to continue by denigrating, in equally classical style, the saint's ability as a theologian.20 Regiomontanus uses similar techniques, though of course without the parodic inversion, in comparing the great classical mathematicians Archimedes and Apollonius: [End Page 46]

Archimedes was a citizen of Syracuse, and Apollonius of Perga [was] customarily called divine

because of the height of his genius; I cannot easily say which should be preferred to the other.

For although Apollonius most subtly composed the conic elements in eight books that have not yet

appeared in Latin, nevertheless the variety of Archimedes's publications seem to have won him the

prize. . . . When Apollonius is translated by someone from Greek into Latin, all of you will come to

admire him.21
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