In the footsteps of the ancients : the origins of humanism from Lovato to Bruni

Witt, Ronald G. author

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  • This study shows the stages of intellectual development through which humanism emerged as a European phenomenon. An investigation of humanist culture in Italy between 1260 and 1340 shows how classical Roman rhetorical forms took root in Italy two generations before Petrarch.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 515-548) and indexes.
  • Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
  • Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.


  • Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Chapter One Introduction; Chapter Two The Birth of the New Aesthetic; Chapter Three Padua and the Origins of Humanism; Chapter Four Albertino Mussato and the Second Generation; Chapter Five Florence and Vernacular Learning; Chapter Six Petrarch, Father of Humanism?; Chapter Seven Coluccio Salutati; Chapter Eight The Revival of Oratory; Chapter Nine Leonardo Bruni; Chapter Ten The First Ciceronianism; Chapter Eleven Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Indexes
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