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The Essential I Tatti Renaissance Library

  • Famous Women
  • Platonic Theology, Volume 1: Books I–IV
  • History of the Florentine People, Volume 1: Books I-IV
  • Invectives
  • On the Donation of Constantine

The perfect introduction to classic works in Latin from the Italian Renaissance. Discover more classics in translation from the I Tatti Renaissance Library.

Author - Editorial Staff

Date - 6 November 2023

Time to read - 1 min

  • Famous Women

    Famous Women

    Giovanni Boccaccio, Virginia Brown

    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.

    The 106 women whose life stories make up this volume range from the exemplary t...

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  • Platonic Theology, Volume 1: Books I–IV

    Platonic Theology, Volume 1: Books I–IV

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

    The 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.

    A student of the Neoplatonic schools of Plotinus and Proclus, he was committed to reconciling Platonism with Christianity, in the hope that such a reconciliation would initiate...

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

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

    Leonardo Bruni, James Hankins

    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). He was famous in his day as a translator, orator, and historian, and was the best-selling author of the fifteenth century. Bruni's History of the Florentine People in twelve books is generally considered the first modern...

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  • Invectives

    Invectives

    Francesco Petrarca, David Marsh

    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 Invec...

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  • On the Donation of Constantine

    On the Donation of Constantine

    Lorenzo Valla, G. W. Bowersock

    Lorenzo Valla (1407-1457) was the most important theorist of the humanist movement. He wrote a major work on Latin style, On Elegance in the Latin Language, which became a battle-standard in the struggle for the reform of Latin across Europe, and Dialectical Disputations, a wide-ranging attack on scholastic logic. His most famous work is On the Donation of Constantine, an oration in which Valla u...

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