Giovanni Boccaccio : Famous Women (Hardcover) - Brown, Virginia (EDT)

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The more than 100 women whose life stories make up this volume range from the exemplary to the notorious, from historical and mythological figures to Renaissance contemporaries of its author, the master storyteller Giovanni Boccaccio. The first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women, Famous Women affords a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Virginia Brown's acclaimed translation, commissioned for The I Tatti Renaissance Library, is the first English edition based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.

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Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780674003477
SKU 30696086
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0674003470
Release Date 4/10/2007
Table Of Contents <FONT SIZE="+2">Contents </FONT> <P> <PRE> Introduction........................................................xi FAMOUS WOMEN Dedication...........................................................2 Preface..............................................................8 I. Eve, Our First Mother..........................................14 II. Semiramis, Queen of the Assyrians.............................16 III. Opis, Wife of Saturn.........................................24 IV. Juno, Goddess of Kingdoms.....................................26 V. Ceres, Goddess of the Harvest and Queen of Sicily..............28 VI. Minerva.......................................................34 VII. Venus, Queen of Cyprus.......................................38 VIII. Isis, Queen and Goddess of Egypt............................42 IX. Europa, Queen of Crete........................................46 X. Libya, Queen of Libya..........................................50 XI-XII. Marpesia and Lampedo, Queens of the Amazons...............50 XIII. Thisbe, a Babylonian Maiden.................................54 XIV. Hypermnestra, Queen of the Argives and Priestess of Juno.....60 XV. Niobe, Queen of Thebes........................................66 XVI. Hypsipyle, Queen of Lemnos...................................70 XVII. Medea, Queen of Colchis.....................................74 XVIII. Arachne of Colophon........................................78 XIX-XX. Orithya and Antiope, Queens of the Amazons................82 XXI. Erythraea or Herophile, a Sibyl..............................84 XXII. Medusa, Daughter of Phorcus.................................88 XXIII. Iole, Daughter of the King of the Aetolians................90 XXIV. Deianira, Wife of Hercules..................................96 XXV. Jocasta, Queen of Thebes.....................................98 XXVI. Almathea or Deiphebe, a Sibyl..............................102 XXVII. Nicostrata or Carmenta, Daughter of King Ionius...........104 XXVIII. Pocris, Wife of Cephalus.................................112 XXIX. Argia, Wife of Polynices and Daughter of King Adrastus.....116 XXX. Manto, Daughter of Tiresias.................................120 XXXI. The Wives of the Minyans...................................122 XXXII. Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons.........................128 XXXIII. Polyxena, Daughter of King Priam.........................132 XXXIV. Hecuba, Queen of the Trojans..............................134 XXXV. Cassandra, Daughter of King Priam of Troy..................136 XXXVI. Clytemnestra, Queen of Mycenae............................138 XXXVII. Helen, Wife of King Menelaus.............................142 XXXVIII. Circe, Daughter of the Sun..............................150 XXXIX. Camilla, Queen of the Volscians...........................154 XL. Penelope, Wife of Ulysses....................................158 XLI. Lavinia, Queen of Laurentum.................................164 XLII. Dido or Elissa, Queen of Carthage..........................166 XLIII. Nicaula, Queen of Ethiopia................................180 XLIV. Pamphile, Daughter of Platea...............................184 XLV. Rhea Ilia, a Vestal Virgin..................................186 XLVI. Gaia Cyrilla, Wife of King Tarquinius Priscus..............190 XLVII. Sappho, Girl of Lesbos and Poetess........................192 XLVIII. Lucretia, Wife of Collatinus.............................194 XLIX. Tamyris, Queen of Scythia..................................198 L. Leaena, a Prostitute..........................................204 LI. Athaliah, Queen of Jerusalem.................................208 LII. Cloelia, a Roman Maiden.....................................216 LIII. Hippo, a Greek Woman.......................................218 LIV. Megullia Dotata.............................................220 LV. Veturia, a Roman Matron......................................222 LVI. Tamaris, Daughter of Micon..................................230 LVII. Artemisia, Queen of Caria..................................232 LVIII. Virginia, Virgin and Daughter of Virginius................242 LIX. Irene, Daughter of Cratinus.................................248 LX. Leontium.....................................................250 LXI. Olympias, Queen of Macedonia................................252 LXII. Claudia, a Vestal Virgin...................................258 LXIII. Virginia, Wife of Lucius Volumnius........................260 LXIV. Flora the Prostitute, Goddess of Flowers and Wife of Zephyrus...........................................................264 LXV. A Young Roman Woman.........................................270 LXVI. Marcia, Daughter of Varro..................................274 LXVII. Sulpicia, Wife of Fulvius Flaccus.........................276 LXVIII. Harmonia, Daughter of Gelon of Sicily....................280 LXIX. Busa of Canosa di Puglia...................................284 LXX. Sophonisba, Queen of Numidia................................288 LXXI. Theoxena, Daughter of Prince Herodicus.....................296 LXXII. Berenice, Queen of Cappadocia.............................302 LXXIII. The Wife of Orgiago the Galatian.........................306 LXXIV. Tertia Aemilia, Wife of the Elder Africanus...............310 LXXV. Dripetrua, Queen of Laodicea...............................314 LXXVI. Sempronia, Daughter of Gracchus...........................316 LXXVII. Claudia Quinta, a Roma Woman.............................318 LXXVIII. Hypsicratea, Queen of Pontus............................322 LXXIX. Sempronia, a Roman Woman..................................328 LXXX. The Wives of the Cimbrias..................................334 LXXXI. Julia, Daughter of the Dictator Julius Caesar.............338 LXXXII. Portia, Daughter of Cato Uticensis.......................340 LXXXIII. Curia, Wife of Quintus Lucretius........................344 LXXXIV. Hortensia, Daughter of Quintus Hortensius................348 LXXXV. Sulpicia, Wife of Truscellio..............................350 LXXXVI. Cornificia, a Poetess....................................352 LXXXVII. Mariamme, Queen of Judaea...............................354 LXXXVIII. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt..............................360 LXXXIX. Antonia, Daughter of Antony..............................374 XC. Agrippina, Wife of Germanicus................................376 XCI. Paulina, a Roman Woman......................................380 XCII. Agrippina, Mother of the Emperor Nero......................384 XCIII. Epicharis, a Freedwoman...................................394 XCIV. Pompeia Paulina, Wife of Seneca............................398 XCV. Sabina Poppaea, Wife of Nero................................402 XCVI. Triaria, Wife of Lucius Vitellius..........................408 XCVII. Proba, Wife of Adelphus...................................410 XCVIII. Faustina Augusta.........................................416 XCIX. Symiamira, Woman of Emesa..................................420 C. Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra.....................................426 CI. Joan, an Englishwoman and Pope...............................436 CII. Irene, Empress of Constantinople............................442 CIII. Gualdrada, a Florentine Maiden.............................446 CIV. Constance, Empress of Rome and Queen of Sicily..............450 CV. Camiola, a Sienese Widow.....................................454 CVI. Joanna, Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily.......................466 Conclusion.........................................................472 Note on the Text...................................................477 Notes..............................................................479 Bibliography.......................................................505 Index..............................................................511 </PRE> <!--excerpt-->
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"The book became immensely popular in the late Middle Ages, and it was quickly translated into the major languages of Western Europe. It has now been given an expert and readable English translation by Virginia Brown....Boccoccio launched a lasting genre that urged women, as well as men, to reach for glory, and gave them examples to live by."
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Annotation Boccaccio claims he penned the 106 biographical sketches here in 1362 to provide an entertaining, didactic read for young women cloistered from the world by their parents. His portraits of Eve, Helen of Troy, Hortensia, Ceres, and many others delight in the narrative skills Boccaccio is famous for, depicting women in both traditional and atypical roles, with a range of virtues and fatal flaws. The Latin originals are published facing Brown's English translations.
Editors Note After the composition of the Decameron, and under the influence of Petrarch's humanism, Giovanni Boccaccio(1313-1375) devoted the last decades of his life to compiling encyclopedic works in Latin. Among them is Famous Women, the first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women. The 106 women whose life stories make up this volume range from the exemplary to the notorious, from historical and mythological figures to Renaissance contemporaries. In the hands of a master storyteller, these brief biographies afford a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Famous Women, which Boccaccio continued to revise and expand until the end of his life, became one of the most popular works in the last age of the manuscript book, and had a signal influence on many literary works, including Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Castiglione's Courtier. This edition presents the first English translation based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0560
Publisher Harvard University Press
Series Part 1
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