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Commentaries, Volume 2: Books III-IV (The I Tatti Renaissance Library)

Pius II

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ISBN 10: 0674024893 / ISBN 13: 9780674024892
Published by Harvard University Press, 2007
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Title: Commentaries, Volume 2: Books III-IV (The I ...

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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The Renaissance popes were among the most enlightened and generous patrons of arts and letters in the Europe of their day. The diaries of Pius II give us an intimate glimpse of the life and thought of one of the greatest of the Renaissance popes. Pius II (1405-1464) began life as Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini in a small town near Siena and became a famous Latin poet and diplomat.Originally an opponent of the papacy as well as something of a libertine, Aeneas eventually reconciled himself with the Roman church and became a priest, then a cardinal. Finally he was elected Pope Pius II (1458) and dedicated his pontificate to organizing a pan-European crusade against the Ottoman Empire. "Pius' Commentaries", the only autobiography ever written by a pope, was composed in elegant humanistic Latin modelled on Caesar and Cicero. This edition contains a fresh Latin text based on the last manuscript written in Pius' lifetime and an updated and corrected version of the 1937 translation by Florence Alden Gragg.

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Margaret Meserve is Assistant Professor of History, Notre Dame University and author of Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought (see p. 75). Marcello Simonetta is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Wesleyan University.

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