John Caesarius

P. S. Allen (ed.), Opus Epistolarum Des. Erasmi Roterodami, Vol. 3: 1517–1519

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680. From John Caesarius.

Deventer MS. 91, f. 222.

LB. App. 189.

  • Cologne.
  • 22 September ⟨1517⟩.

[1517, because of the controversy with Faber.]

ioannes cesarivs erasmo svo s.

1Vidi libellum his diebus ad Fabrum Stapulensem apologeticon 2tuo nomine editum: legi eundem. Incredibile est quam indoleam 3vtriusque vices, non quod nesciam huiusmodi conflictum inter doctis-4simos viros fuisse semper nec ab eo sanctissimos etiam viros sibi 5temperasse, sed quod pro conditione temporis minime expedire 6videtur: quippe vbi iam barbari homines qui vos capitaliter in-7sectantur, id senserint, doctos, immo tantos, viros inter se digladiari, 8quanti vos estis fama et opinione certissima, non dubium est quin Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus9magnam de se spem concipiant victorie contra vos. Sed fallet haud 10dubie illos sua quemque opinio, vt vana, ita friuola. Non possum, 11mi Erasme, tuum in hac re institutum improbare, sed vt inter 12legendum admiratus vbique sum ingenii tui acumen, ita non satis 13demirari potui quid bonum, immo optimum, illum virum impulerit 14vt, si bellum erat illi suscipiendum, id aduersum te primum tentauerit, 15quem sciebat si non superiorem se, parem tamen; et, vt contra pg 102Editor’s Note 16superiorem bellum aggredi temerarium esse, ita contra parem peri-17culosum. Noui hominis modestiam et candidam in omnes et doctos 18et bonos affectionem, quippe qui eius fuerim aliquot annis discipulus; 19atque idem, vt sophistas imprimis mordere atque acriter impugnare Critical Apparatus20consueuerat, ita doctissimum quenque commendare ac laudibus de-Editor’s Note21bitis ornare. Itaque esse non potest, quod et tu quoque ita sentis, 22qtuin a pessimo aliquo daemone instigatus sit: cui vtinam obstitisset, Critical Apparatus23et tuam potius erga se beneuolentiam fouere curasset, vt per quam 24eius fama cresceret magis quam decresceret!

25Sed hactenus de hoc satis. Neaetius noster curauit his diebus Editor’s Note26imprimi libellum quendam ex Vrbe allatum, titulo Defensionis 27Reuchlini, in mille et amplius exemplaria: ex his nunc duo ad te Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus28mittuntur. Praeterea habeo in manibus quandam Dialecticam, quam 29estate superiori passim ex bonis autoribus collegi. Vellem tua re-Critical Apparatus30cognitione poliri aliquantum posset. Caeterum si recte vales, id 31quaeso cum primo tabellario mihi rescribito. Vale optime.

Critical Apparatus32Colonie decimo Calen. Octob.

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Critical Apparatus
680. 9. LB: concipiunt α.
Editor’s Note
680. 18. discipulus] c. 1496–8; see Ep. 374 introd.
Editor’s Note
P. 102, Ep. 681. 1n. Geldenhauer (Ep. 487) in his Epistola de situ Zelandiae, ⟨c. Feb. 1514⟩, speaks of Jo. Becar of Borsselen and H. Cordatus as his two friends at Middelburg; praising the latter as 'Moecenas meus liberalissimus, eruditione et modestia nemini postponendus'. His eighth Satire, Louvain, Th. Martens, 13 June 1515, is dedicated to them jointly. Verses by Cordatus appear on fo. a4 of Jason Pratensis' De tuenda sanitate, Antwerp, M. Hillen, Oct. 1538.
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680. 20. α2: quemque α1.
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21. tu quoque] Cf. the Apologia; LB. ix. 18 d and 58 f.
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23. tuam α2: tuum α1.
Editor’s Note
26. Defensionis] A dialogue, the work of Geo. Benignus, Abp. of Nazareth, who had been a member of the commission to examine the Augenspiegel. It was composed in Jan. 1515 (RE. 201), and had recently been brought from Rome in MS. by Martin Groningus (Ep. 615. 1 n.), and presented by him at Cologne to Maximilian, to whom Benignus had addressed it; after which it was printed at Cologne (RE. 244) in Sept. 1517. See Böcking ii. 1, p. 96, and Geiger, Reuchlin, pp. 400–4.
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28. LB: quendam α.
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28. Dialecticam] The first edition seems to be that of E. Cervicornus, Cologne, s. α., with a preface to Herm. of Neuenahr, dated 17 March 1520.
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30. α2: polliri α1.
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32. Octob. α2: Septemb. α1.
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