Read online or download a free book: Renaissance In Italy Volume 2
Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (12 Oct. 2012)
By: John Addington Symonds (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...from the University with augmentations of pay,1 and when as yet he had not won the hatred of the Medicean faction. His industry at this epoch was amazing. He began the day by reading and explaining the Tusculans and rhetorical treatises of Cicero: then he proceeded to Livy or Homer: after a brief rest at midday he resumed his labours with Terence and a Greek author, Thu-cydides or Xenophon. On holidays he read Dante to an audience assembled in the Duomo, bestowing these lectures as a free gift on the people of Florence. Amid these public labours, the weight of which may be estimated by remembering what was required of professors in the fifteenth century,2 Filelfo still found leisure for private work. He translated two speeches of Lysias, the Rlietoric of Aristotle, two Lives of Plutarch, and Xenophon's panegyrics of Agesilaus and the Spartan institutions. 1 The invitation came from Niccoli, Lionardo Bruni, Ambrogio Traversari, and Palla Strozzi. Quoted by Canti1, p. 128. He stayed there from 1429 till the autumn of 1434. At the same time he had abundant energy for the prosecution of the feuds in which he soon found himself engaged with the Florentine scholars. So great was the arrogance displayed by Filelfo, his meanness in private life, and his imprudence in public,8 that even the men who had invited him FEUD WITH THE MEDICEAN PARTY. 275 1 Engagement renewed Oct. 17, 1431, for two years, with stipend of 350 sequins: again, in 1433, with stipend of 450 sequins. ' See above, p. 124. See Rosmini, vol. i. pp. 43, 48. became his bitter foes. Niccolo de' Niccoli, always jealous of superiority, and apt to take offence, was the first with whom he quarrelled: then followed Carlo Marsuppini and Ambrogio Traversari, until at last the whole of the...
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