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Invectives

Author: Francesco Petrarca; David Marsh
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Series: I Tatti Renaissance library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: Francesco Petrarca; Francesco Petrarca
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Francesco Petrarca; David Marsh
ISBN: 0674011546 9780674011540
OCLC Number: 52773811
Language Note: English and Latin on facing pages; introduction and notes in English.
Description: xx, 539 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Invective against a physician --
Invective against a man of high rank with no knowledge or virtue --
On his own ignorance and that of many others --
Invective against a detractor of Italy.
Series Title: I Tatti Renaissance library.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: Francesco Petrarca ; edited and translated by David Marsh.

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"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"--Jacket.

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