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History of the Florentine People, Volume 1: Books I-IV (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) 0th Edition

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An aristocratic devotion to our culture continues to manifest itself even today in the most prestigious centers of study and thought. One has merely to look at the very recent (begun in 2001), rigorous and elegant humanistic series of Harvard University, with the original Latin text, English translation, introduction and notes. (Vittore Branca Il Sole)

The Loeb Classical Library...has been of incalculable benefit to generations of scholars...It seems certain that the I Tatti Renaissance Library will serve a similar purpose for Renaissance Latin texts, and that, in addition to its obvious academic value, it will facilitate a broadening base of participation in Renaissance Studies...These books are to be lauded not only for their principles of inclusivity and accessibility, and for their rigorous scholarship, but also for their look and feel. Everything about them is attractive: the blue of their dust jackets and cloth covers, the restrained and elegant design, the clarity of the typesetting, the quality of the paper, and not least the sensible price. This is a new set of texts well worth collecting. (Kate Lowe Times Literary Supplement)

[Thanks to Hankins' text and translation] it is now possible, in a real sense for the first time, for a wide academic audience, ranging from Renaissance specialists to undergraduates, to confront the historian Leonardo Bruni, a fundamental figure in the birth of modern historiography. This volume, and the entire series of which it forms only a part, is a crucial contribution to the prosperity of Renaissance studies today. While Bruni's history is an important source for understanding Bruni's humanism, as well as Florentine humanism more generally in the fifteenth century, its complete translation should expand our understanding of Bruni's importance in European intellectual history beyond the confines of the Baron thesis and the nature of Florentine civic humanism. He should play an equally important role in the history of modern historical writing, on a par with Machiavelli, Bodin and Gibbon. Elegantly translated and modestly priced, Hankins' volume should go a long way to restoring Bruni to the historiographical prominence that he rightly enjoyed in his own time. (Mark Jurdjevic Sixteenth Century Journal)

The text of Bruni's History that Hankins has given us is an excellent text that marks a notable advance on its predecessors and will allow the modern reader to draw the greatest profit from reading this work. (Lettere Italiane)

Bruni, in trying to demonstrate that Florence could trace its legitimate republican tradition back to deep antiquity, wrote a history of his city on the model of the ancient history of Rome by Livy. As he did so, he read Livy's eloquent, stagy book in a very imaginative, critical way. From the ancient historian's idealized account of virtuous Romans, Bruni reconstructed the virtuous and powerful world of their enemies, the Etruscans--from whom, he claimed, the modern Tuscans were descended. In Bruni's historical imagination, Livy's stories of Horatius, heroically defending the bridge across the Tiber, and Mucius Scaevola, thrusting his hand into the fire to show his contempt for death, metamorphosed into instances of Roman weakness, superstition and dishonesty. (Anthony T. Grafton New York Review of Books 2006-10-05)

About the Author

James Hankins is Professor of History, Harvard University. He is the General Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library.

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Product Details

  • Series: The I Tatti Renaissance Library (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (April 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674005066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674005068
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Cope on February 1, 2014
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Bruni's History of the Florentine People is the first "civic humanist" history written in the renaissance, and it does not disappoint anyone interested in serious history. I initially bought the series (three volumes) in order to have a more precise understanding of the history of Dante's home town, but have been mightily impressed with the precision and enormous scope of this writer's work. The book features the original text with the English translation en face. The Harvard University Press should rightfully be proud of these books; they're fine library-quality hardcovers in the best mode of academic books. Finally, translator James Hankins should be congratulated for what must have been a lifetime's work.
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