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In 1492, Angelo Poliziano released his Lamia, a praelectio, or starting oration to a direction he may educate that educational yr on Aristotle s previous Analytics on the Florentine collage. Having heard murmurings that he used to be now not thinker adequate to educate the Aristotelian textual content, Poliziano moves again, delivering in influence a fable-tinted background of philosophy. greater than a repudiation of neighborhood gossip, the textual content represents a rethinking of the undertaking of philosophy. This quantity bargains the 1st English translation, an variation of the Latin textual content, and 4 experiences that set this wealthy instance of humanist Latin writing in context.

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E significa gli adulatori, li quali lattando uccidono gli amici loro, almeno quanto all’anima. . 3. ” See B. Albrektson, Studies in the Text and Theology of the Book of Lamentations (Lund: Gleerup, 1963), 174–75. ” Boccaccio’s usage implies that this meaning of the Lamia was obvious enough not to require explanation. ,” 22–23, notes a number of these vernacular instances. 20 christopher s. 52 Pulci wrote his dedicatory letter to Lorenzo de’ Medici from the Mugello, the countryside outside of Florence where Pulci’s family had property and where he retired after financial misadventure in the city.

Vuilleumier Laurens, La raison des figures symboliques a la renaissance et a l’âge classique (Geneva: Droz, 2000). 59 See Wesseling, “Introduction,” xxv–xxviii; Celenza, Piety and Pythagoras, 4–52; Vuilleumier Laurens, La raison des figures symboliques, 21–80. 57 24 christopher s. celenza [“If I weren’t afraid of the jeering that I think is already starting to bubble forth, I’d have something else to relate. Well, I’ll relate it anyway. ”] The two stories that Poliziano then relates concern legends about Pythagoras’s taming of wild animals, which are worth quoting extensively (11–12): He used to teach animals, wild ones as well as tame.

If all this were the case, do we think it would ever happen that our friend would want those honors, praises, or prizes? Do we think, finally, that he would envy those who had pursued them? I don’t think so. 88 What happens if the liberated cave dweller then returns to be among people of this sort? Poliziano continues (66): But let us say the status quo were restored and the same man returns to that unpleasant and blind home. Won’t he see poorly, now that he has come from the sun into the darkness?

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