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Description - Biographical Writings by Gianozzo Manetti

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. It also includes extended excerpts from two works, "On Famous Men of Great Age" and "Against the Jews and the Gentiles", which contain biographical entries on a range of Italian literary figures from Brunetto Latini and Guido Cavalcanti to Coluccio Salutati and Leonardo Bruni.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674011342
ISBN-10: 0674011341
Format: Hardback
(209mm x 146mm x mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gianozzo Manetti

STEFANO U. BALDASSARRI is Assistant Professor at Georgetown University's Villa le Balze. ROLF BAGEMIHL is Lecturer at Arcadia University in Florence.