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The first three volumes, beautifully produced by Harvard University Press, are a good sample of the riches afforded by the literature of Italian Renaissance humanism. Boccaccio"s Famous Women is the first biographical collection devoted exclusively to women, and a source for later literary treatments of women"s lives. Leonardo Bruni's History of the Florentine People is generally considered the first work of modern history, the work that invented the concept of the "Middle Ages.
Together with the other forthcoming volumes in the series they will change fundamentally the way that the Renaissance is taught and understood. These volumes will provide inexpensive, reliable editions and translations that make it possible to teach courses on Renaissance culture in innovative ways to new generations of students who may not have the foundation in classical languages that previous generations enjoyed.
They will make it possible for general readers, for the first time, to acquire a sense of what the high literary culture of the Renaissance was all about, and to enrich their understanding of the artistic life of this most creative period of Western culture. Ulery, Jr.
Etna Edited and translated by Mary P. Among them is Famous Women, the first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women. This edition presents the first English translation based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin. Famous Women Boccaccio, Giovanni Brown, Virginia The first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women, Famous Women affords a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential.
Hankins, James Platonic Theology is the visionary and philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino , the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. This work, translated into English for the first time in this edition, is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance. His History of the Florentine People in twelve books is generally considered to be the first modern work of history, and was widely imitated by humanist historians for two centuries after its official publication by the Florentine Signoria in This edition makes it available for the first time in English translation.
The disciplines now known as the humanities emerged during the Italian Renaissance as the result of an educational reform movement begun by humanist teachers, writers, and scholars. The most popular work of the Italian humanist Polydore Vergil — , On Discovery De inventoribus rerum, , was the first comprehensive account of discoveries and inventions written since antiquity. It became a key reference for anyone who wanted to know about "firsts" in theology, philosophy, science, technology, literature, language, law, material culture, and other fields.
Hankins, James Platonic Theology is a visionary work and the philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino — , the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. His Platonic evangelizing was eminently successful and widely influential, and his Platonic Theology, translated into English for the first time in this edition, is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance.
In this dark comedy, written around , Alberti charts the lively fortunes of his anti-hero Momus, the unscrupulous and vitriolic god of criticism. This edition provides a new Latin text, the first to be based on the two earliest manuscripts, both corrected by Alberti himself, and includes the first full translation into English.
Bagemihl, Rolf The Renaissance recovery of ancient biographical writers such as Plutarch, Suetonius, and Jerome led to a wave of imitations by Renaissance authors from Petrarch to Machiavelli. The orator, diplomat, and statesman Giannozzo Manetti — , an expert in Greek and Hebrew as well as Latin, was among the leading humanist biographers of the Renaissance. This collection brings together his famous biographies of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, which helped establish the canon of Italian literature, as well as his parallel lives of Socrates and Seneca, which remained the standard biographical sources for those philosophers throughout the early modern period.
Cyriac of Ancona was among the first to study the physical remains of the ancient world in person and for that reason is sometimes regarded as the father of classical archaeology. The Latin texts assembled for this edition have been newly edited and most of them appear here for the first time in English. Invectives Petrarca, Francesco Marsh, David Francesco Petrarca , one of the greatest of Italian poets, was also the leading spirit in the Renaissance movement to revive ancient Roman language and literature.
His four Invectives were intended to revive the eloquence of the great Roman orator Cicero. The Invectives are directed against the cultural idols of the Middle Ages--against scholastic philosophy and medicine and the dominance of French culture in general. This volume provides a new critical edition of the Latin text based on the two autograph copies, and the first English translation of three of the four invectives. Invectives Petrarca, Francesco Marsh, David Petrarca, one of the greatest of Italian poets, was also the leading spirit in the Renaissance movement to revive ancient Roman language and literature.
The new translations in this volume include the first English translation of three of the four invectives. Originally an opponent of the papacy, he eventually reconciled himself with the Roman church and became a priest, then a cardinal.
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Finally he was elected Pope Pius II and dedicated his pontificate to organizing a pan-European crusade against the Ottoman Empire. Hankins, James Platonic Theology is a visionary work and the philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino , the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. His "Silvae" are poetical introductions to his courses in literature at the University of Florence, written in Latin hexameters. They not only contain some of the finest Latin poetry of the Renaissance, but also afford unique insight into the poetical credo of a brilliant scholar as he considers the works of his Greek and Latin predecessors as well as of his contemporaries writing in Italian.
Hankins, James Maffeo Vegio — was the outstanding Latin poet of the first half of the fifteenth century. It also contains three other epic works. Hankins, James The Platonic Theology is a visionary work and the philosophical masterpiece of Ficino, the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. This is the fifth of a projected six volumes. Lyric Poetry. Radice, Betty Pietro Bembo , scholar and critic, was one of the most admired Latinists of his day. After some years at the court of Urbino, where he exchanged Platonic love letters with Lucrezia Borgia, he moved to Rome and served as secretary to Leo X.
Later he retired to Padua and a life of letters. He was made a cardinal in The poems in this volume come from all periods of his life and reflect both his erudition and his wide-ranging friendships. Etna in Sicily during his student days, translated by Betty Radice. Humanist Comedies Grund, Gary R.
The five comedies included in this volume present a characteristic sampling of comic form as it was interpreted by some of the most important Latin humanists of the Quattrocento. Flavio, humanist and historian, was a pioneering figure in the Renaissance recovery of classical antiquity. While serving a number of the Renaissance popes, he inaugurated an extraordinary program of research into the history, institutions, cultural life, and physical remains of the ancient Roman empire.
The Italia Illustrata, which appears here for the first time in English, is a topographical work describing Italy region by region. Its aim is to explore the Roman roots of the Renaissance world. As such, it is the quintessential work of Renaissance antiquarianism. His correspondence gives us an intimate glimpse of the revival of classical literature from the pen of a man at the very center of the Renaissance movement. This volume illuminates his close friendship with the philosopher Pico della Mirandola and includes much of the correspondence concerning the composition and reception of his Miscellanies, a revolutionary work of philology.
Giovanni Gioviano Pontano was an important humanist and scholar of Renaissance Italy. He was also the most innovative and versatile Latin poet of Quattrocento Italy. Hankins, James The Platonic Theology is the philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino, the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. He was committed to reconciling Platonism with Christianity, in the hope that such a reconciliation would initiate a spiritual revival and return of the golden age.
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This book is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance. Valla was the most important theorist of the humanist movement. It appears here in a new translation with introduction and notes by G. Bowersock, based on the critical text of Wolfram Setz. Valla — was the leading theorist of the Renaissance humanist movement.
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This volume provides a new translation with introduction and notes by Bowersock. Folengo was a native of Mantua and a member of the Benedictine order, later to become a runaway monk and satirist. Blending Latin and various Italian dialects in a deliberately droll manner, Baldo follows a sort of French royal juvenile delinquent through imprisonment, fantastical adventures, and a journey to the underworld.
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This edition provides the first English translation of this hilarious send-up of the ancient epic and Renaissance chivalric romance traditions. Ciceronian Controversies DellaNeva, JoAnn Duvick, Brian The main literary dispute of the Renaissance pitted those Neo-Latin writers favoring Cicero alone as the apotheosis of Latin prose against those following an eclectic array of literary models.
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This Ciceronian controversy pervades the texts and letters collected for the first time in this volume. Addressing some of the most fundamental aspects of literary production, these quarrels shed light on similar debates about vernacular literature concerning imitation and the role of the author. Leonardo Bruni was the best-selling author of the fifteenth century. His History of the Florentine People is generally considered the first modern work of history.
This third volume concludes the edition, the first to make the work available in English translation. Pietro Bembo , a Venetian nobleman, later a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, was the most celebrated Latin stylist of his day and was widely admired for his writings in Italian as well. This edition, in a projected three volumes, makes it available for the first time in English translation.
The diaries of Pius II give us an intimate glimpse of the life and thought of one of the greatest of the Renaissance popes. Commentaries, the only autobiography ever written by a pope, was composed in elegant humanistic Latin modeled on Caesar and Cicero. Peter down to his own time. The work critically synthesized a wide range of sources and became the standard reference work on papal history for early modern Europe.
This edition contains the first complete translation into English and an improved Latin text. This volume collects works from throughout his career that show his acquaintance with recently rediscovered ancient writers, and the influence of fellow humanists such as Marsilio Ficino, Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini Pope Pius II , and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.
Bembo — , a Venetian nobleman, later a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, was the most celebrated Latin stylist of his day and was widely admired for his writings in Italian as well. The appearance of an English version of Momus is a welcome complement to David Marsh's translations of two other Latin comic works by Alberti, the Intercenales and the Aesopic Apologi The Latin text by Brown and Knight and the English translation by Knight have been expertly rendered The translation is fluid, graceful, and appropriately colloquial at times; Alberti would be pleased with the deft capturing of his sometimes bawdy tone Momus as faultfinder, would find little to complain about in Knight and Brown's fine edition of Alberti's strange satire.
The facing page's original text allows readers equipped with various levels of Latin--rusty or merely lightly oxidized--to follow the great success of the translator, who has produced a version at once faithful and spirited There is a satirical violence of rhetoric here that goes beyond the familiar, and which makes Momus seem sometimes a premonitory text, looking forward not only to Rabelais and Erasmus, but to Swift and Beckett.