Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.
Book — xvii, 233 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bartolomeo Fonzio (1447--1513) was a leading literary figure in Florence during the time of Lorenzo de' Medici and Machiavelli. A professor of poetry and rhetoric at the University of Florence, he included among his friends and colleagues leading figures such as Marsilio Ficino, Angelo Poliziano, John Argyropoulos, Cristoforo Landino, and Pietro Soderini. He was one of the principal collaborators in creating the famous humanist library of King Mattyas Corvinus of Hungary. As a scholar and teacher, he devoted himself to the study of classical authors, particularly Valerius Flaccus, Livy, Persius and Juvenal; his studies of Juvenal led to bitter polemics with Poliziano. Fonzio's letters, translated here for the first time into English, are a window into the world of Renaissance humanism and classical scholarship, and include the famous letter about the discovery in 1485 on the Via Appia of the perfectly preserved body of a Roman girl. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Cambridge, Mass. : I Tatti Renaissance Library, Harvard University Press, 2008.
Book — xviii, 314 p. ; 21 cm.
Letter on the philosophical sects (1458)
Whether a wise man should marry (1457-1459?)
Dialogue of consolation (1463)
Preface to the "Cosimo de' Medici collection" (1464)
Dialogue on laws and legal judgments (1483) / translated by David Marsh
Defense against the detractors of Florence (1496)
Note on the text
Notes to the text
Notes to the translation.
From humble beginnings, Bartolomeo Scala (1430-1497) trained in the law and rose to prominence as a leading citizen of Florence, serving as secretary and treasurer to the Medicis and chancellor of the Guelf party before becoming first chancellor of Florence, a post he held for fifteen years. His palace in Borgo Pinti, modeled on classical designs, was emblematic of his achievements as a humanist as well as a public official. Along with his professional writings as chancellor, Scala's personal treatises, fables, and dialogues - widely read and admired by his contemporaries - were deeply indebted to classical sources.This volume collects works from throughout his career that show his acquaintance with recently rediscovered ancient writers, whose works he had access to through the Medici libraries, and the influence of fellow humanists such as Marsilio Ficino, Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II), and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Perhaps the most significant is the Defense against the Detractors of Florence, a key document in the development of modern republicanism.This volume presents fresh translations by Renee Neu Watkins of five of the texts based on Latin editions by Alison M. Brown, who also contributes an introduction to Scala's life and works. (source: Nielsen Book Data)