Can we find any common elements in the essays of Francis Bacon?
Francis Bacon was a Renaissance humanist, and all of his essays reflect this characteristic. Each one is a blend of wisdom from the classical world of Greek and Rome and Christian theology. Bacon often quotes from classical sources in Latin, a universal language in that time period that was taught to students across Europe—especially males—from an early age and which readers would be expected to understand. Bacon also assumes a Biblically literate audience. His essays, as well, are known for their aphorisms, short, pithy statements that sum up truths. On example from his Essays is:
A wise man will make more opportunities than he...
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