Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Petrarch
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A. Life and workA.1. Youth

The Italian poet, philosopher and Humanist Francesco Petrarca (called P.), was born on July 20, 1304 at Arezzo, where his father, a Florentine notary and friend of Dante’s had been exiled in 1302 (probably not for political reasons). P. died on the night of July 18/19, 1374 in Arquà (now called Arquà Petrarca) near Padua. The main source for his life is his autobiographical sketch Epistola posteritati (‘Epistle to Posterity’; c. 1370; cf. Epistolae seniles 18,1) [14.871–889]; [12]; [37.40–145] (Autobiography).

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Wolfzettel, Friedrich (Frankfurt am Main), “Petrarch”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 21 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004932>
First published online: 2015



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