Äldretextseminariet gästas av professor Marco Petoletti, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. Temat för föreläsningen är Boccaccio’s Library: The Classic, the Greek, and the Latin Middle Age.

John William Waterhouse: The Decameron (Wikimedia Commons)
John William Waterhouse: The Decameron (Wikimedia Commons)

Petrarch is the acknowledged chief of the renewal of classical studies in the 14th century, but his friend and pupil Boccaccio played an important role at the dawn of Humanism in the re-discovery of Latin and Greek classics too. Boccaccio kept in his library extremely rare texts, which he promoted among his circle of friends: one of the best examples are the epigrams of the Latin poet Martial. The inventory of Boccaccio’s library, full of classical texts, has survived and nearly thirty books which he wrote, owned and annotated, have been identified. Among them, two autograph note-books – the so-called ‘zibaldoni’ – are extremely important, because they are perfect mirror of his scholarly interests. Moreover, Boccaccio showed a deep interest in Greek and, together with Petrarch, he encouraged the first translation of Homer from Greek into Latin, made by Leontius Pilatus in Boccaccio’s house. Boccaccio also tried to learn Greek by himself, but his results in this field were poor.

Biblioteket (sal 300)
Manne Siegbahnhusen, Frescativägen 24E, 1 tr. 
Kontaktperson: Helena Bodin, helena.bodin@littvet.su.se