Encyclopaedia Americana; A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature, History, Politics, and Biography, Brought Down to the Present Time Includ

Encyclopaedia Americana; A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature, History, Politics, and Biography, Brought Down to the Present Time Includ

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...in Italy. He was born in 1370, and, in his childhood, was excited by the characterof Petrarch, to the pursuit of those studies to which he consecrated his life. He first studied law at Florence and Ravenna; but the arrival of Emanuel Chrysoloms at Florence gave him a decided turn for classical learninsr. He afterwards tilled many offices in the Roman Catholic church, and accompanied pope John XXIII to Constance, where the latter was deposed, and B. escaped to Florence. Here he wrote his Florentine History, received, in consequence, the rights of citizenship, and afterwards, by the favor of the Medici, became secretary to the republic. In this important post he died, A. D. 1444. Florence and Arezzo vied with each other in honoring his memory by splendid obsequies and mon (intents. The merits of B., in spreading and advancing the study of Greek literature, consist particularly in his literal Latin translations of the classics; for instance, the writings of Aristotle, the orations of Demosthenes, the biographiesof Plutarch, &c. The other works on which his feme rests are, his Florentine History, also a history of his times, from 1378 to 1440, and his speeches. His collection of letters, also, is valuable. His writings are n the Latin language, with the exception of two biographiesof Dante and Petrarch. His chief work is Historic Florentines (12 books, Strasb., 1610, folio), with which is connected the Commentarius Rerum suo Temiore Gestarunu, published in Italian, it Venice, 1476, folio. Bruno, Giordano; a philosopher of the 16th century, distinguished bv the originality and poetical boldness of his speculations; born at Nola, in the Neapolitan territory; entered the order of Dominicans; took refuge, probably, from the persecutions which he drew...show more

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