THE I TATTI RENAISSANCE LIBRARY
Cover: A Translator’s Defense, from Harvard University PressCover: A Translator’s Defense in HARDCOVER

The I Tatti Renaissance Library 71

A Translator’s Defense

Add to Cart

Product Details

HARDCOVER

$29.95 • £19.95 • €21.00

ISBN 9780674088658

Publication Date: 01/05/2016

Academic Trade

352 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

The I Tatti Renaissance Library

World

Giannozzo Manetti (1396–1459) was an Italian diplomat and a celebrated humanist orator and scholar of the early Renaissance. Son of a wealthy Florentine merchant, he turned away from a commercial career to take up scholarship under the guidance of the great civic humanist, Leonardo Bruni. Like Bruni he mastered both classical Latin and Greek, but, unusually, added to his linguistic armory a command of Biblical Hebrew as well. He used his knowledge of Hebrew to make a fresh translation of the Psalms into humanist Latin, a work that implicitly challenged the canonical Vulgate of St. Jerome. His Apologeticus (1455–59) in five books was a defense of the study of Hebrew and of the need for a new translation. As such, it constituted the most extensive treatise on the art of translation of the Renaissance. This I Tatti Renaissance Library edition contains the first complete translation of the work into English.

From Our Blog

9780674238084

Who We Might Have Been, and Who We Will Become

Who among us hasn’t considered what our lives would be like if we had taken alternate paths, made different decisions? Storytellers of every stripe write of the lives we didn’t have, says Andrew H. Miller, author of On Not Being Someone Else: Tales of Our Unled Lives. As we live through a worldwide pandemic, the ideas of what might have been are even more appealing. Much like the adolescents on the verge of adulthood in Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People, Miller tells us, we wait to see what comes next.