Invectives (I Tatti Renaissance Library)

Overview


Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), one of the greatest of Italian poets, was also the leading spirit in the Renaissance movement to revive ancient Roman language and literature. Just as Petrarch's Latin epic Africa imitated Virgil and his compendium On Illustrious Men was inspired by Livy, so Petrarch's 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 ...
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Overview


Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), one of the greatest of Italian poets, was also the leading spirit in the Renaissance movement to revive ancient Roman language and literature. Just as Petrarch's Latin epic Africa imitated Virgil and his compendium On Illustrious Men was inspired by Livy, so Petrarch's 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. They defend the value of literary culture against obscurantism and provide a clear statement of the values of Renaissance humanism. 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.
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New York Review of Books

Impeccably edited and translated by David Marsh.
— Anthony T. Grafton

New York Review of Books - Anthony T. Grafton
Impeccably edited and translated by David Marsh.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674011540
  • Publisher: Harvard
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Language: Latin
  • Series: I Tatti Renaissance Library Series, #11
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,536,577
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Marsh is Professor of Italian at Rutgers University and the author of Lucian and the Latins: Humor and Humanism in the Early Renaissance.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Invectives against a Physician 2
Invective against a Man of High Rank with No Knowledge or Virtue 180
On His Own Ignorance and That of Many Others 222
Invective against a Detractor of Italy 364
Note of the Texts and Translations 476
Notes to the Text 479
Notes to the Translation 491
Bibliography 528
Index 531
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