Help with reading books -- Report a bad link -- Suggest a new listing. Edited by John Mark Ockerbloom onlinebooks pobox. Title : De casibus virorum illustrium. English Alternate title: The tragedies, gathered by Ihon Bochas, of all such princes as fell from theyr estates throughe the mutability of fortune since the creacion of Adam, vntil his time wherin may be seen what vices bring menne to destruccion, wyth notable warninges howe the like may be auoyded. Translated into Englysh by Iohn Lidgate, monke of Burye. Cum priuilegio per septennium, [?

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Giovanni Boccaccio The Downfall of the Famous. Translated by Louis B. Hall with New Notes and Bibliography. Giovanni Boccaccio —75 is best known as the author of the Decameron , for which he created a lieta brigata of young men and women narrating a series of popular stories in Italian. Yet during his lifetime and long afterward Boccaccio was celebrated as a leading figure in the revival of classical Latin in such literary and historical works as his Eclogues, The Genealogy of the Gods , and On Famous Women.

In The Downfall of the Famous De casibus virorum illustrium Boccaccio also composed a work that followed classical models and provided civic and ethical guides for his readers. In this he joined the efforts of his role model, Francesco Petrarch , whose own Latin De viris illustribus and unfinished Africa set the standard for early modern humanists.

Boccaccio began The Downfall of the Famous circa and completed his authoritative version in In all he presented over ninety biographies of famous men and women in nine books. These ranged from Adam and Eve through biblical, ancient Near Eastern, and Greek lives to his prime examples — famous Romans — before concluding with medievals. He drew on a wide variety of sources, from the Bible, through classical Greek and Roman works, to medieval histories and Arthurian romances. He ended with material drawn from stories told him, and his own eye-witness, at the court of Naples.

This edition is based on the elegant translation by Louis Brewer Hall. Along with contemporaries like Giovanni Villani, Boccaccio saw history and biography as moral arts, underscoring the civic virtues and personal failings of famous men and women, Fortune balancing every success with its inevitable reversal. It adds numerous historical, biographical, interpretive, and bibliographical notes reflecting a half-century of new Boccaccio scholarship.

Hall with New Notes and Bibliography Giovanni Boccaccio —75 is best known as the author of the Decameron , for which he created a lieta brigata of young men and women narrating a series of popular stories in Italian.


De casibus virorum illustrium

It is a compilation of moral stories about the tragic ends of famous men and women. This is a copy of a version rendered into French by Laurence de Premierfait in the 15th century. Each of its nine books is illustrated by a high quality miniature. Producing works of great literature in both Latin and the vernacular, his home was a centre for early Italian humanism. The De Casibus Virorum Illustrium was written in the late s. Loosely translated into English as The Fall of Princes , it is a profoundly moral treatise on the vicissitudes of man's fortune.



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 Adam, going to mythological and ancient people, then to people of Boccaccio's own time in the fourteenth century. Boccaccio wrote the core of his work from about to with revisions and modifications up to 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 with the classical ideas of Senecan tragedy.

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