Barzizza’s Studies of Cicero

Author: Pigman III, G. W.
Title: Barzizza’s Studies of Cicero
Review/Collection: Humanities working papers, 55
Year edition: 1980
Pages: 77
Keywords: Biographie - Biografia - Biography, Éloquence - Eloquenza - Eloquence, Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Description: Abstract - Before Barzizza’s claim to be the father of Ciceronianism can be fruitfully discussed we must know more about his own work with Cicero. This paper offers a first contribution to such a reexamination by calling attention to three little known works: 1) his commentary on figures of speech and thought from the Ad Herennium, 2) his 1420 lectures on the speeches, 3) his biography of Cicero. The paper also prunes Barzizza’s bibliography of several commentaries which he is recently supposed to have written and which under analysis prove to be ghosts. The main part of the paper discusses the life of Cicero (which is here edited for the first time), in particular its relation to its sources.
Author initials: Pigman III 1980