The Earthly Republic: Italian Humanists on Government and Society

Benjamin G. Kohl, Ronald G. Witt, Elizabeth B. Welles
Manchester University Press, 1978 - 337 Seiten
The gradual secularization of European society and culture is often said to characterize the development of the modern world, and the early Italian humanists played a pioneering role in this process. Here Benjamin G. Kohl and Ronald G. Witt, with Elizabeth B. Welles, have edited and translated seven primary texts that shed important light on the subject of "civic humanism" in the Renaissance.Included is a treatise of Francesco Petrarca on government, two representative letters from Coluccio Salutati, Leonardo Bruni's panegyric to Florence, Francesco Barbaro's letter on "wifely" duty, Poggio Bracciolini's dialogue on avarice, and Angelo Poliziano's vivid history of the Pazzi conspiracy. Each translation is prefaced by an essay on the author and a short bibliography. The substantial introductory essay offers a concise, balanced summary of the historiographcal issues connected with the period.

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How a Ruler Ought to Govern His State
Letter to Peregrino Zambeccari
On Wifely Duties
The Pazzi Conspiracy

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Über den Autor (1978)

Ronald Gene Witt was born in Wayne, Michigan on December 23, 1932. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan in 1954. He studied history and teaching for two years in France on a Fulbright scholarship. He received a master's degree in history in 1958 and a doctorate in 1965 from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard from 1964 until he joined the history department at Duke University in 1971. He taught medieval and Renaissance history until his retirement in 2004. He wrote several books including Coluccio Salutati and His Public Letters, Hercules at the Crossroads: The Life, Works and Thought of Coluccio Salutati, and The Two Latin Cultures and the Foundation of Renaissance Humanism in Medieval Italy. In the Footsteps of the Ancients': The Origins of Humanism from Lovato to Bruni received the Renaissance Society of America's Gordan Prize and shared the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History. He also co-edited several books including The Humanities: Cultural Roots and Continuities and Life and Death in 15th Century Florence. He died from heart failure on March 15, 2017 at the age of 84.

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