Florence in the Age of the Renaissance:
From Dante to Machiavelli
Spring Semester 2002

Melissa Eden
Frank Luttmer

Course Description and Objectives

This course is an introduction to the literature, history, art, philosophy, and theology of the Florentine Renaissance. By analyzing and interpreting primary texts and by experiencing the sights and sounds of Florence and nearby cities, the course seeks to reconstruct the world of Dante, Petrarch, Bocaccio, Donatello, Botticelli, Machiavelli, and Michelangelo.


Gene Brucker, Renaissance Florence
Dante, Inferno, trans. Robert Pinsky
Rosa Maria Letts, The Renaissance
Niccolo Machiavelli, Mandragola, trans. Mera J. Flaumenhaft
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, trans. Leo Paul S. de Alvarez
Francesco Petrarca, Selections from the Canzoniere and other Works, trans. Mark Musa
Course Pack (Dante, Boccaccio, Aquinas, Vergerius, Pico, Machiavelli, Colonna)


Final grades will be based on an evaluation of papers and class participation.


April 25: Arrive in Florence

April 26: Brucker, 1; Dante, Inferno 1; Aquinas

April 27: Weekend, No Class

April 28: Weekend, No Class

April 29: Letts, Interpreter, 1-2; Dante, Inferno, 2-6

April 30: Brucker, 2; Letts, 3; Dante, Inferno, 9-11, 13, 15

May 1: Brucker, 3; Letts, 4; Dante, Inferno, 18, 19, 21, 26, 27

May 2: Day Trip

May 3: Brucker, 4; Letts, 5; Dante, Inferno, 31-34

May 4: Weekend, No Class

May 5: Weekend, No Class

May 6: Brucker, 5; Letts, 6; Dante, Purgatorio

May 7: Brucker, 6; Letts, 7; Dante, Paradiso

May 8: Day Trip

May 9: Brucker, 7; Letts, 8; Boccaccio

May 10: Boccaccio; Vergerius; Begin Long Weekend

May 11: Weekend, No Class

May 12: Weekend, No Class

May 13: Class 5 PM: Petrarch

May 14: Petrarch; Pico; Colonna

May 15: Leave for Rome

May 16: Machiavelli, Prince

May 17: Machiavelli, Prince; Discourses

May 18: Weekend, No Class

May 19: Weekend, No Class

May 20: Machiavelli, History of Florence

May 21: Machiavelli, Mandragola

May 22: Return to Cincinnati

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