Ciceronian Rhetoric in Late Medieval Italy

Author: Cox, Virginia
Title: Ciceronian Rhetoric in Late Medieval Italy
Review/Collection: In: Virginia Cox and John Ward, The Rhetoric of Cicero in its Medieval and Early Renaissance Commentary Tradition, Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition, Volume: 2
Place edition: Leiden
Editor: Brill
Year edition: 2006
Pages: 109-143
Keywords: Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Description: the tradition of rhetorical commentary that emerged in the cities and universities of central and northern Italy in the thirteenth century was in many ways a powerfully distinctive one, and one marked at a radical level by the extraordinary configuration of social and political circumstances that in this period so sharply differentiated Italy culturally from Europe north of the Alps. To examine the ways in which the Italian tradition of Ciceronian commentary differs from its French predecessor is instructive, not least as a case-study in the relation between cultural developments and their sociopolitical contexts. It also offers an opportunity to revisit with fresh eyes the historiographically over-worked narrative of the emergence of Italian humanism: a narrative with which the history of the reception of Cicero in late medieval Italy is intrinsically bound [Author]
Author initials: Cox 2006