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Friends Hold All Things in Common: Tradition, Intellectual Property, and the Adages of Erasmus

Kathy Eden


Erasmus's Adages—a vast collection of the proverbial wisdom of Greek and Roman antiquity—was published in 1508 and became one of the most influential works of the Renaissance. It also marked a turning point in the history of Western thinking about literary property. At once a singularly successful commercial product of the new printing industry and a repository of intellectual wealth, the Adages looks ahead to the development of copyright and back to an ancient philosophical tradition that ideas should be universally shared in the spirit of friendship. This book focuses on both the commitment ... More

Keywords: Erasmus, Adages, proverbial wisdom, Roman antiquity, Renaissance, literary property, printing industry, copyright, friendship, common property

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300087574
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300087574.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathy Eden, author