ITAL 8826 Fifteenth-Century Florence: The Humanists (Spring: 3 )
The seminar will examine the arc of fifteenth-century Florentine Humanism, from its expansive opening with Salutati and Bruni, to its introverted close with the lessons of Savonarola. Readings will also include texts by Bracciolini, Alberti, Landino, Ficino, Lorenzo, Valla, della Mirandola, and Poliziano. Humanism transformed the way in which texts are read and our relationship with the past, and it became the impetus for renewal in almost every field of human endeavor. We will explore Humanism's impact, and ask how such intellectual creativity was nurtured in a century of civil strife, periodic famine and plague, warfare and ecclesiastical turmoil.
Instructor(s): Laurie Shepard
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13