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“The most ambitious and innovative writings of the Italian Renaissance, in prose and verse, in fields that range from comedy to metaphysics and beyond—works that for centuries only scholars have been able to read—have suddenly become accessible to readers who know only English… The I Tatti series is already beginning to transform the study and teaching of Renaissance culture.”—Anthony Grafton

The I Tatti Renaissance Library is the only series that makes available to a broad readership the major literary, historical, philosophical, and scientific works of the Italian Renaissance written in Latin. Each volume provides a reliable Latin text together with an accurate, readable English translation on facing pages, accompanied by an editor’s introduction, notes on the text, brief bibliography, and index. Presenting current scholarship in an attractive and convenient format, The I Tatti Renaissance Library aims to make this essential literature accessible to students and scholars in a wide variety of disciplines as well as to general readers.

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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1.Cover: Famous Women

Famous Women

Boccaccio, Giovanni
Brown, Virginia

After the composition of the Decameron, and under the influence of Petrarch’s humanism, Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) devoted the last decades of his life to compiling encyclopedic works in Latin. Among them is Famous Women, the first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women. This edition presents the first English translation based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.

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Famous Women

Boccaccio, Giovanni
Brown, Virginia

The first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women, Giovanni Boccaccio’s Famous Women affords a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential.

2.Cover: Platonic Theology, Volume 1: Books I-IV

Platonic Theology, Volume 1: Books I-IV

Ficino, Marsilio
Allen, Michael J. B.
Hankins, James

Platonic Theology is the visionary and philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. This work, translated into English for the first time in this edition, is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance.

3.Cover: History of the Florentine People, Volume 1: Books I-IV

History of the Florentine People, Volume 1: Books I-IV

Bruni, Leonardo
Hankins, James

Leonardo Bruni (1370–1444), the leading civic humanist of the Italian Renaissance, served as apostolic secretary to four popes (1405–1414) and chancellor of Florence (1427–1444). His History of the Florentine People in twelve books is generally considered to be the first modern work of history, and was widely imitated by humanist historians for two centuries after its official publication by the Florentine Signoria in 1442. This edition makes it available for the first time in English translation.

4.Cover: Platonic Theology, Volume 2: Books V-VIII

Platonic Theology, Volume 2: Books V-VIII

Ficino, Marsilio
Allen, Michael J. B.
Hankins, James

Platonic Theology is the visionary and philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. This work, translated into English for the first time in this edition, is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance.

5.Cover: Humanist Educational Treatises

Humanist Educational Treatises

Kallendorf, Craig W.

The disciplines now known as the humanities emerged during the Italian Renaissance as the result of an educational reform movement begun by humanist teachers, writers, and scholars. This volume contains four of the most important theoretical statements that emerged from these efforts: Pier Paolo Vergerio, “The Character and Studies Befitting a Free-Born Youth”; Leonardo Bruni, “The Study of Literature”; Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II), “The Education of Boys”; and Battista Guarino, “A Program of Teaching and Learning.”

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Humanist Educational Treatises

Kallendorf, Craig W.

This volume provides new translations, commissioned for the I Tatti Renaissance Library, of four of the most important theoretical statements that emerged from the early humanists’ efforts to reform medieval education: Pier Paolo Vergerio, “The Character and Studies Befitting a Free-Born Youth”; Leonardo Bruni, “The Study of Literature”; Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II), “The Education of Boys”; and Battista Guarino, “A Program of Teaching and Learning.”

6.Cover: On Discovery

On Discovery

Vergil, Polydore
Copenhaver, Brian P.

The most popular work of the Italian humanist Polydore Vergil (1470–1555), On Discovery (De inventoribus rerum, 1499), was the first comprehensive account of discoveries and inventions written since antiquity. It became a key reference for anyone who wanted to know about “firsts” in theology, philosophy, science, technology, literature, language, law, material culture, and other fields. This is the first English translation of a critical edition based on the Latin texts published in Polydore Vergil’s lifetime.

7.Cover: Platonic Theology, Volume 3: Books IX-XI

Platonic Theology, Volume 3: Books IX-XI

Ficino, Marsilio
Allen, Michael J. B.
Hankins, James

Platonic Theology is a visionary work and the philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. His Platonic evangelizing was eminently successful and widely influential, and his Platonic Theology, translated into English for the first time in this edition, is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance.

8.Cover: Momus

Momus

Alberti, Leon Battista
Knight, Sarah
Brown, Virginia

Momus is the most ambitious literary creation of Leon Battista Alberti, the famous humanist-scientist-artist and “universal man” of the Italian Renaissance. In this dark comedy, written around 1450, Alberti charts the lively fortunes of his anti-hero Momus, the unscrupulous and vitriolic god of criticism. This edition provides a new Latin text, the first to be based on the two earliest manuscripts, both corrected by Alberti himself, and includes the first full translation into English.

9.Cover: Biographical Writings

Biographical Writings

Manetti, Giannozzo
Baldassarri, Stefano U.
Bagemihl, Rolf

The Renaissance recovery of ancient biographical writers such as Plutarch, Suetonius, and Jerome led to a wave of imitations by Renaissance authors from Petrarch to Machiavelli. The orator, diplomat, and statesman Giannozzo Manetti (1396–1459), an expert in Greek and Hebrew as well as Latin, was among the leading humanist biographers of the Renaissance. This collection brings together his famous biographies of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, which helped establish the canon of Italian literature, as well as his parallel lives of Socrates and Seneca, which remained the standard biographical sources for those philosophers throughout the early modern period.

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Later Travels

Cyriac of Ancona
Bodnar, Edward W.

Cyriac of Ancona was among the first to study the physical remains of the ancient world in person and for that reason is sometimes regarded as the father of classical archaeology. Cyriac’s accounts of his travels, with their commentary reflecting his wide-ranging antiquarian, political, religious, and commercial interests, provide a fascinating record of the encounter of the Renaissance world with the legacy of classical antiquity. The Latin texts assembled for this edition have been newly edited and most of them appear here for the first time in English.

11.Cover: Invectives

Invectives

Petrarca, Francesco
Marsh, David

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. His 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. 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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Invectives

Petrarca, Francesco
Marsh, David

Francesco Petrarca, one of the greatest of Italian poets, was also the leading spirit in the Renaissance movement to revive ancient Roman language and literature. Petrarch’s four Invectives, written in Latin, were inspired by the eloquence of the great Roman orator Cicero. The new translations in this volume include the first English translation of three of the four invectives.

12.Cover: Commentaries, Volume 1: Books I-II

Commentaries, Volume 1: Books I-II

Pius II
Meserve, Margaret
Simonetta, Marcello

Pius II (1405–1464) began life as Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini in a small town near Siena, and became a famous Latin poet and diplomat. Originally an opponent of the papacy, he eventually reconciled himself with the Roman church and became a priest, then a cardinal. Finally he was elected Pope Pius II (1458) and dedicated his pontificate to organizing a pan-European crusade against the Ottoman Empire. Pius’s Commentaries, the only autobiography ever written by a pope, was composed in elegant humanistic Latin modeled on Caesar and Cicero. This edition contains a fresh Latin text based on the last manuscript written in Pius’s lifetime and an updated and corrected version of the 1937 translation.

13.Cover: Platonic Theology, Volume 4: Books XII-XIV

Platonic Theology, Volume 4: Books XII-XIV

Ficino, Marsilio
Allen, Michael J. B.
Hankins, James

Platonic Theology is a visionary work and the philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. His Platonic evangelizing was eminently successful and widely influential, and his Platonic Theology, translated into English for the first time in this edition, is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance.

14.Cover: Silvae

Silvae

Poliziano, Angelo
Fantazzi, Charles

Angelo Poliziano (1454–1494) was one of the great scholar-poets of the Renaissance and a leading figure in the circle of Lorenzo de’Medici, “il Magnifico,” in Florence. His “Silvae” are poetical introductions to his courses in literature at the University of Florence, written in Latin hexameters. They not only contain some of the finest Latin poetry of the Renaissance, but also afford unique insight into the poetical credo of a brilliant scholar as he considers the works of his Greek and Latin predecessors as well as of his contemporaries writing in Italian.

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Short Epics

Vegio, Maffeo
Putnam, Michael C. J.
Hankins, James

Maffeo Vegio (1407–1458) was the outstanding Latin poet of the first half of the fifteenth century. This volume includes Book XIII of Virgil’s Aeneid, Vegio’s famous continuation of the Roman epic, which was extremely popular in the later Renaissance, printed many times and translated into every major European language. It also contains three other epic works: Astyanax; The Golden Fleece (Vellus Aureum); and Antoniad, a short epic based on the life of Saint Anthony of Egypt which is the first Christian epic of the Renaissance.

16.Cover: History of the Florentine People, Volume 2: Books V-VIII

History of the Florentine People, Volume 2: Books V-VIII

Bruni, Leonardo
Hankins, James

Leonardo Bruni’s History of the Florentine People in twelve books is generally considered the first modern work of history, and was widely imitated by humanist historians for two centuries after its official publication by the Florentine Signoria in 1442. This edition makes it available for the first time in English translation.

17.Cover: Platonic Theology, Volume 5: Books XV-XVI

Platonic Theology, Volume 5: Books XV-XVI

Ficino, Marsilio
Allen, Michael J. B.
Hankins, James

Platonic Theology is the philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino, the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. He was committed to reconciling Platonism with Christianity, in the hope that such a reconciliation would initiate a spiritual revival and return of the golden age. This book is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance.

18.Cover: Lyric Poetry. Etna

Lyric Poetry. Etna

Bembo, Pietro
Chatfield, Mary P.
Radice, Betty

Pietro Bembo (1470–1547), scholar and critic, was one of the most admired Latinists of his day. After some years at the court of Urbino, where he exchanged Platonic love letters with Lucrezia Borgia, he moved to Rome and served as secretary to Leo X. Later he retired to Padua and a life of letters. He was made a cardinal in 1539. The poems in this volume come from all periods of his life and reflect both his erudition and his wide-ranging friendships. This volume also includes the prose dialogue Etna, an account of Bembo’s ascent of Mt. Etna in Sicily during his student days, translated by Betty Radice.

19.Cover: Humanist Comedies

Humanist Comedies

Grund, Gary R.

The five comedies included in this volume present a characteristic sampling of comic form as it was interpreted by some of the most important Latin humanists of the Quattrocento. Pier Paolo Vergerio’s Paulus, Philodoxeos fabula by Leon Battista Alberti, Philogenia et Epiphebus by Ugolino Pisani, Chrysis by Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (later Pope Pius II), and Tommaso Medio’s Epirota span nearly the entire period and are a valuable gauge of its changing literary tastes, tastes nourished by the ancient comic drama of Plautus and Terence.

20.Cover: Italy Illuminated, Volume 1: Books I-IV

Italy Illuminated, Volume 1: Books I-IV

Flavio, Biondo
White, Jeffrey A.

Biondo Flavio, 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, 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.

21.Cover: Letters, Volume 1: Books I-IV

Letters, Volume 1: Books I-IV

Poliziano, Angelo
Butler, Shane

Angelo Poliziano was one of the great scholar-poets of the Italian Renaissance and the leading literary figure of the Age of Lorenzo de’ Medici. His correspondence gives us an intimate glimpse of the revival of classical literature from the pen of a man at the very center of the Renaissance movement. This volume illuminates his close friendship with the philosopher Pico della Mirandola and includes much of the correspondence concerning the composition and reception of his Miscellanies, a revolutionary work of philology. It also includes his famous and moving letter on the death of Lorenzo de’ Medici.

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Baiae

Pontano, Giovanni Gioviano
Dennis, Rodney G.

Giovanni Gioviano Pontano was an important humanist and scholar of Renaissance Italy. He was also the most innovative and versatile Latin poet of Quattrocento Italy. His Two Books of Hendecasyllables, given the subtitle Baiae, are the elegant offspring of Pontano’s leisure, written to celebrate love, good wine, friendship, nature, and all the pleasures of life to be found at the seaside resort of Baiae on the Bay of Naples.

23.Cover: Platonic Theology, Volume 6: Books XVII-XVIII

Platonic Theology, Volume 6: Books XVII-XVIII

Ficino, Marsilio
Allen, Michael J. B.
Hankins, James

Platonic Theology is the philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino, the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. He was committed to reconciling Platonism with Christianity, in the hope that such a reconciliation would initiate a spiritual revival and return of the golden age. This book is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance.

24.Cover: On the Donation of Constantine

On the Donation of Constantine

Valla, Lorenzo
Bowersock, G. W.

Lorenzo Valla (1407–1457) was the most important theorist of the humanist movement. His most famous work is On the Donation of Constantine, an oration in which Valla uses new philological methods to attack the authenticity of the most important document justifying the papacy’s claims to temporal rule. It appears here in a new translation with introduction and notes by G. W. Bowersock, based on the critical text of Wolfram Setz.

24.1.Cover: On the Donation of Constantine

On the Donation of Constantine

Valla, Lorenzo
Bowersock, G. W.

Lorenzo Valla (1407–1457) was the leading theorist of the Renaissance humanist movement. In On the Donation of Constantine he uses new philological methods to attack the authenticity of the most important document justifying the papacy’s claims to temporal rule, in a brilliant analysis that is often seen as marking the beginning of modern textual criticism. This volume provides a new English translation with introduction and notes by G. W. Bowersock.

25.Cover: Baldo, Volume 1: Books I-XII

Baldo, Volume 1: Books I-XII

Folengo, Teofilo
Mullaney, Ann E.

Teofilo Folengo (1491–1544) was a native of Mantua and a member of the Benedictine order, later to become a runaway monk and satirist. Blending Latin and various Italian dialects in a deliberately droll manner, Baldo follows a sort of French royal juvenile delinquent through imprisonment, fantastical adventures, and a journey to the underworld. This edition provides the first English translation of this hilarious send-up of the ancient epic and Renaissance chivalric romance traditions.

26.Cover: Ciceronian Controversies

Ciceronian Controversies

DellaNeva, JoAnn
Duvick, Brian

The main literary dispute of the Renaissance pitted those Neo-Latin writers favoring Cicero alone as the apotheosis of Latin prose against those following an eclectic array of literary models. This Ciceronian controversy pervades the texts and letters collected for the first time in this volume. Addressing some of the most fundamental aspects of literary production, these quarrels shed light on similar debates about vernacular literature concerning imitation and the role of the author.

27.Cover: History of the Florentine People, Volume 3: Books IX-XII. Memoirs

History of the Florentine People, Volume 3: Books IX-XII. Memoirs

Bruni, Leonardo
Hankins, James
Bradley, D. J. W.

Leonardo Bruni (1370–1444) was the best-selling author of the fifteenth century. His History of the Florentine People is generally considered the first modern work of history. This third volume concludes the edition, the first to make the work available in English translation. It includes Bruni’s Memoirs, an autobiographical account of the events of his lifetime, and cumulative indexes to the complete work.

28.Cover: History of Venice, Volume 1: Books I-IV

History of Venice, Volume 1: Books I-IV

Bembo, Pietro
Ulery, Robert W.

Pietro Bembo (1470–1547), a Venetian nobleman, later a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, was the most celebrated Latin stylist of his day and was widely admired for his writings in Italian as well. The History of Venice was published after Bembo’s death, in Latin and in his own Italian version. This edition, in three volumes, makes it available for the first time in English translation.

29.Cover: Commentaries, Volume 2: Books III-IV

Commentaries, Volume 2: Books III-IV

Pius II
Meserve, Margaret
Simonetta, Marcello

The Renaissance popes were among the most enlightened and generous patrons of arts and letters in the Europe of their day. The diaries of Pius II give us an intimate glimpse of the life and thought of one of the greatest of the Renaissance popes. Commentaries, the only autobiography ever written by a pope, was composed in elegant humanistic Latin modeled on Caesar and Cicero. This edition contains a fresh Latin text based on the last manuscript written in Pius’s lifetime and an updated translation.

30.Cover: Lives of the Popes, Volume 1: Antiquity

Lives of the Popes, Volume 1: Antiquity

Platina, Bartolomeo
D'Elia, Anthony F.

Imprisoned for conspiring against Pope Paul II, Bartolomeo Platina (1421–1481) returned to favor under Pope Sixtus IV, and composed his most famous work, a biographical compendium of the Roman popes from St. Peter down to his own time. The work critically synthesized a wide range of sources and became the standard reference work on papal history for early modern Europe. This edition contains the first complete translation into English and an improved Latin text.

31.Cover: Essays and Dialogues

Essays and Dialogues

Scala, Bartolomeo
Watkins, Renée Neu

From humble beginnings, Bartolomeo Scala (1430–1497) trained in the law and rose to prominence serving as secretary and treasurer to the Medicis and chancellor of the Guelf party before becoming first chancellor of Florence. This volume collects works from throughout his career that show his acquaintance with recently rediscovered ancient writers, and the influence of fellow humanists such as Marsilio Ficino, Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II), and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.

32.Cover: History of Venice, Volume 2: Books V-VIII

History of Venice, Volume 2: Books V-VIII

Bembo, Pietro
Ulery, Robert W.

Pietro Bembo (1470–1547), a Venetian nobleman, later a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, was the most celebrated Latin stylist of his day and was widely admired for his writings in Italian as well. Named official historian of Venice in 1529, Bembo began to compose in Latin his continuation of the city’s history in twelve books, covering the years from 1487 to 1513. The History of Venice was published after Bembo’s death. This edition, in three volumes, makes it available for the first time in English translation.

33.Cover: Writings on Church and Reform

Writings on Church and Reform

Nicholas of Cusa
Izbicki, Thomas M.

Nicholas of Cusa(1401–1464), a polymath who studied canon law and became a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, was widely considered the most important original philosopher of the Renaissance. He wrote principally on speculative theology, philosophy, and church politics. This volume makes most of Nicholas’s other writings on Church and reform available in English for the first time.

34.Cover: Commentaries on Plato, Volume 1: <i>Phaedrus</i> and <i>Ion</i>

Commentaries on Plato, Volume 1: Phaedrus and Ion

Ficino, Marsilio
Allen, Michael J. B.

Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus, was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. This volume contains Ficino’s extended analysis and commentary on the Phaedrus.

35.Cover: Poems

Poems

Landino, Cristoforo
Chatfield, Mary P.

Cristoforo Landino (1424–1498) was one of the great scholar-poets of the Renaissance. His most substantial work of poetry was his Three Books on Xandra. Also included in this volume is the “Carmina Varia,” a collection whose centerpiece is a group of elegies directed to the Venetian humanist Bernardo Bembo.

36.Cover: Baldo, Volume 2: Books XIII-XXV

Baldo, Volume 2: Books XIII-XXV

Folengo, Teofilo
Mullaney, Ann E.

Teofilo Folengo (1491–1544) was born in Mantua and joined the Benedictine order, but became a runaway monk and a satirist of monasticism. In 1517 he published, under the pseudonym Merlin Cocaio, the first version of his macaronic narrative poem Baldo. This edition provides the first English translation of this hilarious send-up of ancient epic and Renaissance chivalric romance.

37.Cover: History of Venice, Volume 3: Books IX-XII

History of Venice, Volume 3: Books IX-XII

Bembo, Pietro
Ulery, Robert W.

Much of Pietro Bembo’s work is devoted to the external affairs of Venice, principally conflicts with other European states and with the Turks in the East. The History of Venice was published after his death, in Latin and in his own Italian version. This edition, completed by this third volume, makes it available for the first time in English translation.

38.Cover: Latin Poetry

Latin Poetry

Sannazaro, Jacopo
Putnam, Michael C. J.

Jacopo Sannazaro (1456–1530) is most famous for having written, in Italian, the first pastoral romance in European literature, the Arcadia (1504). But after this early work, Sannazaro devoted himself entirely to Latin poetry modeled on his beloved Virgil. In addition to his epic The Virgin Birth (1526), which earned him the title of “the Christian Virgil,” he also composed Piscatory Eclogues, an innovative adaption of the eclogue form. This volume contains the first complete English translation of all of Sannazaro’s poetry in Latin, accompanied by extensive notes.

39.Cover: Christiad

Christiad

Vida, Marco Girolamo
Gardner, James

Marco Girolamo Vida (1485–1566), humanist and bishop, came to prominence as a Latin poet in the Rome of Leo X and Clement VII. It was Leo who commissioned his famous epic, the Christiad, a retelling of the life of Christ in the style of Virgil, which was eventually published in 1535. This translation, accompanied by extensive notes, is based on a new edition of the Latin text.

40.Cover: Republics and Kingdoms Compared

Republics and Kingdoms Compared

Brandolini, Aurelio Lippo
Hankins, James

A Socratic dialogue set in the court of King Mattias Corvinus of Hungary (ca. 1490), Aurelio Lippo Brandolini’s Republics and Kingdoms Compared depicts a debate between the king himself and a Florentine merchant at his court on the relative merits of republics and kingdoms. This is the first critical edition and the first translation into any language.

41.Cover: Odes

Odes

Filelfo, Francesco
Robin, Diana

Francesco Filelfo (1398–1481), one of the great scholar-poets of the Italian Renaissance, was the principal humanist working in Lombardy in the middle of the Quattrocento and served as court poet to the Visconti and Sforza dukes of Milan. His Odes, completed in the mid-1450s, constitute the first complete cycle of Horatian odes since classical antiquity and are a major literary achievement. This volume is the first publication of the Latin text since the fifteenth century and the first translation into English.

42.Cover: The Hermaphrodite

The Hermaphrodite

Beccadelli, Antonio
Parker, Holt

The Hermaphrodite’s open celebration of vice, particularly sodomy, earned it public burnings, threats of excommunication, banishment to the closed sections of libraries, and a devoted following. Antonio Beccadelli combined the comic realism of Italian popular verse with the language of Martial to explore the underside of the early Renaissance.

43.Cover: Book on Music

Book on Music

Florentius de Faxolis
Blackburn, Bonnie J.
Holford-Strevens, Leofranc

Edited here for the first time is Florentius de Faxolis’s music treatise for Cardinal Ascanio Sforza. The richly illuminated small parchment codex bears witness to the musical interests of the cardinal, himself an avid singer. The author’s unusual insights into the musical thinking of his day are discussed in the ample commentary.

44.Cover: Sacred Painting. Museum

Sacred Painting. Museum

Borromeo, Federico
Rothwell, Kenneth S.

Federico Borromeo founded the Ambrosiana library, art collection, and academy in Milan. Sacred Painting (1624) laid out the rules that artists should follow when creating religious art. Museum (1625) walked the reader through the Ambrosiana’s collection, offering some of the earliest critiques to survive on works by Leonardo, Titian, and Jan Brueghel the Elder.

45.Cover: Humanist Tragedies

Humanist Tragedies

Grund, Gary R.

Humanist Tragedies offers a sampling of Latin drama from the Tre- and Quattrocento. These five tragedies—Ecerinis, Achilleis, Progne, Hyempsal, and Fernandus Servatus—were nourished by a potent amalgam of classical, medieval, and pre-humanist sources. Humanist tragedy testifies to momentous changes in literary conventions during the Renaissance.

46.Cover: Genealogy of the Pagan Gods, Volume 1: Books I-V

Genealogy of the Pagan Gods, Volume 1: Books I-V

Boccaccio, Giovanni
Solomon, Jon

The goal of Boccaccio’s Genealogy of the Pagan Gods is to plunder ancient and medieval literary sources to create a massive synthesis of Greek and Roman mythology. This is volume 1 of a three-volume set of Boccaccio’s complete 15-book work. It contains a famous defense of the value of studying ancient pagan poetry in a Christian world.

47.Cover: Letters to Friends

Letters to Friends

Fonzio, Bartolomeo
Daneloni, Alessandro
Davies, Martin

The letters of Bartolomeo Fonzio—a leading literary figure in Florence of the time of Lorenzo de’ Medici and Machiavelli—are a window into the world of Renaissance humanism and classical scholarship. This first English translation includes the famous letter about the discovery on the Via Appia of the perfectly preserved body of a Roman girl.

48.Cover: Modern Poets

Modern Poets

Giraldi, Lilio Gregorio
Grant, John N.

Lilio Gregorio Giraldi authored many works on literary history, mythology, and antiquities. Among the most famous are his dialogues, modeled on Cicero’s Brutus, translated here into English for the first time. The work gives a panoramic view of European poetry in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, concentrating above all on Italy.

49.Cover: Dialectical Disputations, Volume 1: Book I

Dialectical Disputations, Volume 1: Book I

Valla, Lorenzo
Copenhaver, Brian P.
Nauta, Lodi

The Dialectical Disputations, translated here for the first time into any modern language, is Lorenzo Valla’s principal contribution to the philosophy of language and logic. Valla sought to replace the scholastic tradition of Aristotelian logic with a new logic based on the historical usage of classical Latin and on a commonsense approach.

50.Cover: Dialectical Disputations, Volume 2: Books II-III

Dialectical Disputations, Volume 2: Books II-III

Valla, Lorenzo
Copenhaver, Brian P.
Nauta, Lodi

The Dialectical Disputations, translated here for the first time into any modern language, is Lorenzo Valla’s principal contribution to the philosophy of language and logic. Valla sought to replace the scholastic tradition of Aristotelian logic with a new logic based on the historical usage of classical Latin and on a commonsense approach.

51.Cover: Commentaries on Plato, Volume 2: <i>Parmenides</i>, Part I

Commentaries on Plato, Volume 2: Parmenides, Part I

Ficino, Marsilio
Vanhaelen, Maude

Marsilio Ficino, the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus, was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. His commentaries remained the standard guide to the philosopher’s works for centuries. Maude Vanhaelen’s new translation of Parmenides makes this monument of metaphysics accessible to the modern student.

52.Cover: Commentaries on Plato, Volume 2: <i>Parmenides</i>, Part II

Commentaries on Plato, Volume 2: Parmenides, Part II

Ficino, Marsilio
Vanhaelen, Maude

Marsilio Ficino, the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus, was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. His commentaries remained the standard guide to the philosopher’s works for centuries. Maude Vanhaelen’s new translation of Parmenides makes this monument of metaphysics accessible to the modern student.

53.Cover: Dialogues, Volume 1: Charon and Antonius

Dialogues, Volume 1: Charon and Antonius

Pontano, Giovanni Gioviano
Gaisser, Julia Haig

Giovanni Pontano (1426–1503), whose academic name was Gioviano, was the most important Latin poet of the fifteenth century as well as a leading statesman who served as prime minister to the Aragonese kings of Naples. His Dialogues are our best source for the humanist academy of Naples which Pontano led for several decades.

54.Cover: Poems

Poems

Marullus, Michael
Fantazzi, Charles

Michael Marullus (c. 1453/4–1500), born in Greece, began life as a mercenary soldier but became a prominent Neo-Latin poet and scholar in Italy. Later poets imitated him in vernacular love poetry, especially Ronsard. This edition contains Marullus’s complete Latin poetry. All of these works appear in English translation for the first time.

55.Cover: On Exile

On Exile

Filelfo, Francesco
De Keyser, Jeroen
Blanchard, W. Scott

Francesco Filelfo’s On Exile depicts noblemen and humanists, driven from Florence by Cosimo de’ Medici, discussing the sufferings of exile—poverty and loss of reputation—and the best way to endure and profit from them. This volume contains the first complete edition of the Latin text and the first complete translation into any modern language.

56.Cover: Notable Men and Women of Our Time

Notable Men and Women of Our Time

Giovio, Paolo
Gouwens, Kenneth

Paolo Giovio’s dialogue provides an informed perspective on the sack of Rome in 1527, from a friend of Pope Clement VII. The work discusses literary style and whether the vernacular could surpass Latin as a vehicle for literary expression. This volume includes a fresh edition of the Latin text and the first translation into English.

57.Cover: Latin Poetry

Latin Poetry

Fracastoro, Girolamo
Gardner, James

A medical authority, Girolamo Fracastoro (1478–1553) was also a prominent Neo-Latin poet. This volume includes his didactic poem Syphilis, which gave the name to the disease and contains the first poetical description of Columbus’s discovery of America; a short Biblical epic, the Joseph; and the Carmina, a collection of shorter poetry.

58.Cover: On Methods, Volume 1: Books I-II

On Methods, Volume 1: Books I-II

Zabarella, Jacopo
McCaskey, John P.

Jacopo Zabarella’s two treatises On Methods and On Regressus (1578) are among the most important Renaissance discussions of how scientific knowledge should be acquired, arranged, and transmitted. They belong to a lively debate about the order in which sciences should be taught and the method to be followed in demonstrations.

59.Cover: On Methods, Volume 2: Books III-IV. On Regressus

On Methods, Volume 2: Books III-IV. On Regressus

Zabarella, Jacopo
McCaskey, John P.

Jacopo Zabarella’s two treatises On Methods and On Regressus (1578) are among the most important Renaissance discussions of how scientific knowledge should be acquired, arranged, and transmitted. They belong to a lively debate about the order in which sciences should be taught and the method to be followed in demonstrations.

60.Cover: Correspondence

Correspondence

Valla, Lorenzo
Cook, Brendan

Lorenzo Valla (1406–1457) was the leading philologist of the first half of the fifteenth century, as well as a philosopher, theologian, and translator. His extant Latin letters, though few, afford a direct and unguarded window into the working life of the most passionate, difficult, and interesting of the Italian humanists.

61.Cover: The Battle of Lepanto

The Battle of Lepanto

Wright, Elizabeth R.
Spence, Sarah
Lemons, Andrew

The defeat of the Ottomans by the Holy League fleet at Lepanto (1571) was among the most celebrated international events of the sixteenth century. The Battle of Lepanto anthologizes the work of twenty-two poets who composed Latin poetry in response to the news of the battle, the largest Mediterranean naval encounter since antiquity.

62.Cover: On the World and Religious Life

On the World and Religious Life

Salutati, Coluccio
Marshall, Tina

Salutati’s first surviving treatise was written for a lawyer who entered a Florentine monastery and requested a piece encouraging him to persevere in religious life. On the World and Religious Life is a wide-ranging reflection on humanity’s misuse of God’s creation and the need to orient human life with a proper hierarchy of values.

63.Cover: On Married Love. Eridanus

On Married Love. Eridanus

Pontano, Giovanni Gioviano
Roman, Luke

Giovanni Pontano, the dominant literary figure of quattrocento Naples, wrote two brilliantly original poetical cycles. On Married Love is the first sustained exploration of married love in first-person poetry. Eridanus combines familiar motifs of courtly love with an allusive matrix of classical elegy and Pontano’s distinctive vision.

64.Cover: Political Writings

Political Writings

Salutati, Coluccio
Baldassarri, Stefano U.
Bagemihl, Rolf

Coluccio Salutati was chancellor of the Florentine Republic and leader of the humanist movement in Italy in the generation after Petrarch and Boccaccio. He was among the first to apply his classical learning to political theory and his rhetorical skills to the defense of liberty. This volume contains a new English version of his political writings.

65.Cover: Life and Early Travels

Life and Early Travels

Cyriac of Ancona
Bodnar, Edward W.
Foss, Clive

Cyriac of Ancona (1391–1452) was among the first to study the physical remains of the ancient world in person and is sometimes regarded as the father of classical archaeology. This volume contains a life of Cyriac to the year 1435 by his friend Francesco Scalamonti, along with several letters and other texts illustrating his early life.

66.Cover: On Dionysius the Areopagite, Volume 1: Mystical Theology and The Divine Names, Part I

On Dionysius the Areopagite, Volume 1: Mystical Theology and The Divine Names, Part I

Ficino, Marsilio
Allen, Michael J. B.

In 1490/92 the Florentine Platonist Marsilio Ficino made new translations of two treatises he believed were the work of Dionysius the Areopagite, the disciple of St. Paul mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. They are presented here in new critical editions accompanied by English translations, the first into any modern language.

67.Cover: On Dionysius the Areopagite, Volume 2: The Divine Names, Part II

On Dionysius the Areopagite, Volume 2: The Divine Names, Part II

Ficino, Marsilio
Allen, Michael J. B.

In 1490/92 the Florentine Platonist Marsilio Ficino made new translations of two treatises he believed were the work of Dionysius the Areopagite, the disciple of St. Paul mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. They are presented here in new critical editions accompanied by English translations, the first into any modern language.

68.Cover: Apologetic Writings

Apologetic Writings

Savonarola, Girolamo
Mulchahey, M. Michèle

Brought to Florence by Lorenzo de’ Medici as a celebrity preacher, Girolamo Savonarola (1452–1498), a Dominican friar, would play a major role in the convulsive events that led to the overthrow of the Medici themselves. The Latin writings in this volume, all composed in the year before he was hanged, are translated into English for the first time.

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