Doctors, ambassadors, secretaries : humanism and professions in Renaissance Italy / Douglas Biow.
- Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2002.
xviii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Humanism -- Italy.
Renaissance -- Italy.
Italy -- Civilization -- 1268-1559.
Italy -- Civilization -- 1559-1789.
Italy -- Intellectual life -- 1268-1559.
Italy -- Intellectual life -- 1559-1789.
- Medical subjects:
- History, Medieval.
History, Early Modern 1451-1600.
Humanism -- history.
- Local subjects:
- "Renaissance humanism was a program of study committed to the revival of letters and rhetoric, and it focused on such issues as the relation of current practices to the classical past, the possibility of exemplarity, and self-fashioning. In general, humanists did not teach with the aim of placing their students within specific occupations. But as Douglas Biow shows in this pioneering study, humanists remained concerned with the formation of professional identities. Examining a wide range of works that humanists wrote as doctors, ambassadors, and secretaries, and about medical, ambassadorial, and secretarial vocations, Biow shows how humanists embraced and discussed different professions in profoundly different ways." "Examining a rich and diverse selection of treatises, poems, and other works of literature, Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries shows ultimately how interactions with these professions forced humanists to make their studies relevant to their own times. With detailed analyses of writings by familiar and lesser-known figures, from Petrarch, Machiavelli, and Tasso to Maggi, Fracastoro, and Barbaro, this book will especially interest students of Renaissance Italy, but also anyone concerned with the rise of professionalism during the early modern period."--Jacket.
- Introduction: Humanism and Professions in Renaissance Italy
1. Petrarch's Profession and His Laurel
2. Three Reactions to Plague: Marvels and Commonplaces in Medicine and Literature
3. Fracastoro as Poet and Physician: Syphilis, Epic, and the Wonder of Disease
4. Exemplary Work: Two Venetian Humanists Writing on the Resident Ambassador
5. The Importance and Tragedy of Being an Ambassador: The Performance of Francesco Guicciardini
6. Open Secrets: The Place of the Renaissance Secretary
7. The Secretarial Profession among Others: Tasso's Enabling Analogies.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-214) and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Dr. Ada H. Lewis Book Fund.
- Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Dr. Ada H. Lewis Book Fund.
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