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The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic

Olympia Morata


A brilliant scholar and one of the finest writers of her day, Olympia Fulvia Morata (1526–1555) was attacked by some as a “Calvinist Amazon” but praised by others as an inspiration to all learned women. This book publishes all her known writings—orations, dialogues, letters, and poems—in an English translation. Raised in the court of Ferrara in Italy, Morata was educated alongside the daughters of the nobility. As a youth she gave public lectures on Cicero, wrote commentaries on Homer, and composed poems, dialogues, and orations in both Latin and Greek. Morata also became a prominent Protestan ... More

Keywords: Olympia Fulvia Morata, Calvinist Amazon, orations, dialogues, letters, poems, Ferrara, nobility, public lectures, Cicero

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226536682
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226536712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olympia Morata, author