Earthly Republic Italian Humanists on Government and Society

ISBN-10: 0812210972

ISBN-13: 9780812210972

Edition: 1979

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Description: The gradual secularization of European society and culture is often said to characterize the development of the modern world, and the early Italian humanists played a pioneering role in this process. Here Benjamin G. Kohl and Ronald G. Witt, with Elizabeth B. Welles, have edited and translated seven primary texts that shed important light on the subject of "civic humanism" in the Renaissance. Included is a treatise of Francesco Petrarca on government, two representative letters from Coluccio Salutati, Leonardo Bruni's panegyric to Florence, Francesco Barbaro's letter on "wifely" duty, Poggio Bracciolini's dialogue on avarice, and Angelo Poliziano's vivid history of the Pazzi conspiracy. Each translation is prefaced by an essay on the author and a short bibliography. The substantial introductory essay offers a concise, balanced summary of the historiographcal issues connected with the period.

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Book details

Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 11/1/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Ronald G. Witt is Professor of History, Emeritus, at Duke University.

Preface
Abbreviations
General Introduction
Francesco Petrarca
Introduction
Francesco Petrarca
Coluccio Salutati
Introduction
Coluccio Salutati
Coluccio Salutati
Leonardo Bruni
Introduction
Leonardo Bruni
Francesco Barbaro
Introduction
Francesco Barbaro
Poggio Bracciolini
Introduction
Poggio Bracciolini
Angelo Poliziano
Introduction
Angelo Poliziano
General Bibliography
Index
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