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In the footsteps of the ancients

The origins of humanism from Lovato to Bruni

In the footsteps of the ancients by R.G. Witt
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This volume shows the stages of intellectual development through which humanism emerged as a European phenomenon. In an investigation of humanis culture in Italy between 1260 and 1340 shows how classical Roman rhetorical forms took root in Italy two generations before Petrarch and demonstrates that what earlier interpreters have called pre- or proto-humanism is indeed humanism. In subsequent discussion of Petrarch, Salutati and Bruni the author shows how Petrarch departs from earlier humanism and his reasons for doing so, places Salutati in a far broader frame of reference and the chapter on Bruni offers as complete a solution as we are likely to see of the problems of interpretation created by Baron's thesis regarding civic humanism.
BRILL; January 2000
580 pages; ISBN 9789047400202
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Title: In the footsteps of the ancients
Author: R.G. Witt