What is it about?
Was Thomas More a "genius"? This essay examines the meaning and English translation of the Latin word ingenium in the prefatory letters to the 1518 edition of Utopia.
Why is it important?
In the context of the classical oratorical tradition and its important iteration and adjustment in Erasmus's De copia (1512–34), the uses of ingenium indicate how humanist readers of Utopia assessed More's rhetorical abilities.
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