Translated here for the first time ever, this long-neglected poem of 50 cantos is important for all interested in Italian Renaissance poetry and art. Written in 1342 and revised 20 years later, it serves as an index of Boccaccio's own growth and of the emergent humanistic perspective. Highly influential in arts and letters, the poem looks back to Dante (and Giotto) with its allegorical triumphs and dream vision structure, but its fervent enthusiasm for antiquity and its refusal at the end to resolve the conflict between earthly pleasures and higher loves shocks its own sources as it celebrates a new dialectic. An excellent introduction and notes further render this volume a superb research tool. Stephen Scully, Classical Studies Dept., Boston Univ.