Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. De casibus virorum illustrium. Front Cover. Giovanni Boccaccio. A. Mondadori, – Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern) – pages. This manuscript contains Jean (also known as Johannes) Lamelin’s abridged French translation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s De Casibus Virorum Illustrium (On the .

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De Casibus Virorum Illustrium On the Fates of Famous Men is a work of 56 biographies in Latin prose composed by the Florentine poet Giovanni Boccaccio of Certaldo in the form of moral stories of the falls of famous people, similar to his work of biographies De Mulieribus Claris.

De casibus is an encyclopedia of historical biography and a part of the classical tradition of historiography. It deals with the fortunes and calamities of famous people starting with the biblical Fasibus, going to mythological and ancient people, then to people of Boccaccio’s own time in the fourteenth century.


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Boccaccio wrote the core of his work from about to with revisions and modifications up to illuustrium For almost four hundred years this work was the better known of his material.

Boccaccio’s perspective focuses on the disastro awaiting all who are too favoured by luck and on the inevitable catastrophes awaiting those with great fortune.

Here the monastic chronicle tradition combines illustrikm the classical ideas of Senecan tragedy. De casibus stems from the tradition of exemplary literature works about famous people.

Manuscript Miniatures: BL Royal 20 C IV De Casibus Virorum Illustrium

It showed with the lives of these people that it was not only biographies, but also snapshots of their moral virtues. This sad event is sometimes referred to as a ” de casibus tragedy” after this work. William Shakespeare created characters based on this phenomenon, as did Christopher Marlowe.

In order, directly translated from Latin edition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


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Boccaccio: De Casibus Virorum Illustrium – Paris: 1467

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