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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 Invectives" are directed against the cultural idols of the Middle Ages - against scholastic philosophy and medicine as well as the dominance of French culture. They defend the value of literature and provide a clear statement of the values of Renaissance humanism. The new translations in this volume, commissioned for the I Tatti Renaissance Library, include the first English translation of three of the four invectives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674030886
ISBN-10: 0674030885
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 15mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Francesco Petrarca

David Marsh is Professor of Italian at Rutgers University and the author of Lucian and the Latins: Humor and Humanism in the Early Renaissance.

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