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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0674003470
ISBN-13: 9780674003477
Sku: 30696086
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1.5T
Pages:  560
Age Range:  NA
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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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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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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.

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New Republic
"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." - David Quint 12/03/2001

Table of Contents

Contents

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

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