Italy Illuminated, Volume 1, Books I-IV (I Tatti Renaissance Library)

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Biondo Flavio (1392-1463), 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 (1453), 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 ...
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Overview


Biondo Flavio (1392-1463), 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 (1453), 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. This is the first edition of the Latin text since 1559.
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Editorial Reviews

New England Classical Journal

This is an extremely valuable edition and translation that serious students of the history of classical scholarship, the Renaissance, and Italian topography will want to have in their libraries...There is much to praise in this new edition and translation of an especially interesting text and invaluable work of Renaissance humanism. White states that he feels "lucky" to belong to the I Tatti series, but the series itself is fortunate to have a book of this quality within it. I look forward eagerly to the appearance of its second volume.

— Harry B. Evans

New York Review of Books

An informative and immensely readable book.
— Anthony T. Grafton

New England Classical Journal - Harry B. Evans
This is an extremely valuable edition and translation that serious students of the history of classical scholarship, the Renaissance, and Italian topography will want to have in their libraries...There is much to praise in this new edition and translation of an especially interesting text and invaluable work of Renaissance humanism. White states that he feels "lucky" to belong to the I Tatti series, but the series itself is fortunate to have a book of this quality within it. I look forward eagerly to the appearance of its second volume.
New York Review of Books - Anthony T. Grafton
An informative and immensely readable book.
New York Review of Books
An informative and immensely readable book.
— Anthony T. Grafton
New England Classical Journal
This is an extremely valuable edition and translation that serious students of the history of classical scholarship, the Renaissance, and Italian topography will want to have in their libraries...There is much to praise in this new edition and translation of an especially interesting text and invaluable work of Renaissance humanism. White states that he feels "lucky" to belong to the I Tatti series, but the series itself is fortunate to have a book of this quality within it. I look forward eagerly to the appearance of its second volume.

— Harry B. Evans

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674017436
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/2005
  • Language: Latin
  • Series: I Tatti Renaissance Library Series , #20
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey A. White is Associate Professor of Classical Languages at St. Bonaventure University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Preface

Book I

1. Liguria

2. Tuscany

Book II

3. Lazio

Book III

4. Umbria

5. Piceno

Book IV

6. Romagna

Note on the Text

Notes to the Text

Notes to the Translation

Bibliography

Index

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