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Ciceronian Controversies (I Tatti Renaissance Library #26) (Hardcover)

Ciceronian Controversies (I Tatti Renaissance Library #26) By Joann Dellaneva (Editor), Brian Duvick (Translator) Cover Image
By Joann Dellaneva (Editor), Brian Duvick (Translator)
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The most important literary dispute of the Renaissance pitted those writers of Neo-Latin who favored imitation of Cicero alone, as the single best exemplar of Latin prose, against those who preferred to follow an eclectic array of literary models. This Ciceronian controversy is the subject of the texts collected for the first time in this volume: exchanges of letters between Angelo Poliziano and Paolo Cortesi; between Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola and Pietro Bembo; and between Giovambattista Giraldi Cinzio and his mentor Celio Calcagnini. A postscript by Lilio Gregorio Giraldi and writings by Antonio Possevino comment further on this correspondence.

Because they address some of the most fundamental aspects of literary production, these quarrels shed light on similar debates about vernacular literature, which also turned on imitation and the role of the author. The Ciceronian controversy can also be seen as part of larger cultural movements, such as the choice of vernacular language over Latin, the development of Jesuit pedagogy, and the religious conflicts that characterized much of the Renaissance.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780674025202
ISBN-10: 0674025202
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2007
Pages: 336
Language: Latin
Series: I Tatti Renaissance Library