Chapter Twenty-Three. Empire, Eloquence, and Military Genius: Renaissance Italy

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Martin McLaughlin Fellow

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch23

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

McLaughlin, M. (2009) Empire, Eloquence, and Military Genius: Renaissance Italy, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch23

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. Fiat-Serena Professor of Italian Studies, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440

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Keywords:

  • empire, eloquence, and military genius – renaissance, Italy;
  • first complete translation of Caesar's works into French by Jean du Chesne;
  • figure of Julius Caesar enjoying a predictably prominent role in Italy in the period 1300 and 1600;
  • Trecento - Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Salutati - Dante's attitude to the founder of the Empire epitomizing one of the main attitudes to Caesar in the Christian Middle Ages;
  • Quattrocento - Bruni and Poggio - ambiguity concerning Caesar continues in the early Quattrocento in works of Salutati's most famous pupil;
  • from Poliziano to Machiavelli - force of the Florentine republican tradition reflected iconographically in portraits of Caesar in contemporary manuscripts of his works;
  • humanist enthusiasm for Caesar the author;
  • Italian editions of Caesar - evidence of extraordinary growth in popularity of Caesar as an author;
  • Italian vernacular translations of Caesar

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Trecento: Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Salutati

  • The Quattrocento: Bruni and Poggio

  • From Poliziano to Machiavelli

  • Humanist enthusiasm for Caesar the author

  • Italian editions of Caesar

  • Italian vernacular translations of Caesar

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading