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The Renaissance Rediscovery of Intimacy
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The Renaissance Rediscovery of Intimacy

Kathy Eden

Abstract

In 1345, when Petrarch recovered a lost collection of letters from Cicero to his best friend Atticus, he discovered an intimate Cicero, a man very different from either the well-known orator of the Roman forum or the measured spokesman for the ancient schools of philosophy. It was Petrarch's encounter with this previously unknown Cicero and his letters that this book argues fundamentally changed the way Europeans from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries were expected to read and write. This book explores the way ancient epistolary theory and practice were understood and imitated in ... More

Keywords: Petrarch, Cicero, Atticus, Aristotle, Seneca, Plato, letter, Renaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226184623
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226184647.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathy Eden, author