In Praise of Florence: The Panegyric of the City of Florence, and An Introduction to Leonardo Bruni's Civil Humanism

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Overview

The beginning of the Renaissance is marked in this translation of Leonardo Bruni's first work, the Laudatio Florentinae Urbis (Panegyric of the City of Florence). Written around 1400, this treatise introduces many of the ideas that became central to the Italian Renaissance—republican liberty, free competition, and the balance of power—and influenced many later thinkers of the Renaissance, including Machiavelli. With the ideas outlined in this work, Bruni decisively influenced all later European and American thought about republican and democratic government. In addition to the translation, this edition offers an introduction to Bruni's life and philosophy in the context of the political situation of the early Florentine republic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789077787021
  • Publisher: Olive Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonardo Bruni was an influential political and cultural thinker of the 15th century. Alfred Scheepers is the author of An Orientation in Indian Philosophy, A Survey of Buddhist Thought, and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    It Was Not Worth the Anticipation

    The Bruni text starts on p. 77. The translation is not by a native English speaker, an unfortunate choice on the part of the publisher. I had anticipated pairing Bruni's panegyric with Pericles' Funeral Oration, but now I think I'll ask my students to correct the miserable (actually, comical) English.

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