Abstract

In 1345 the poet and humanist Petrarch uncovered a manuscript that had lain forgotten for half a century: a codex containing the epistolary collections of Marcus Tullius Cicero. Petrarch spent weeks copying the text; five years later, he began to arrange his own letters, assembling by the end of his life four collections containing more than five hundred epistles. Taken as a whole, the extensive epistolary presents an idealized intellectual autobiography.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2162-6294
Print ISSN
0742-5562
Pages
pp. 43-63
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-24
Open Access
No
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