Florence in the Age of the Renaissance:
From Dante to Machiavelli
Spring Semester 2000

Steve Jobe
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.


Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron, trans. Mark Musa and Peter Bondanella
Gene Brucker, Florence: The Golden Age, 1138-1737
Dante, Inferno, trans. Robert Pinsky
Rosa Maria Letts, The Renaissance
Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine Histories, trans. Laura Banfield and Harvey Mansfield
Francesco Petrarca, Selections from the Canzoniere and other Works, trans. Mark Musa
Course Pack (Dante, Aquinas, Vergerius, Pico)


Final grades will be based on an evaluation of intellectual journals, in-class presentations, and class participation.

Flight Information

Air France

From Cincinnati to Florence

  • April 28: Air France Flight 305 departs from Greater Cincinnati Airport at 6:50 P.M. and arrives at Paris Degaulle Airport on April 29 at 8:50 A.M.
  • Air France Flight 1516 departs from Degaulle Airport on April 29 at 9:55 A.M. arrives at Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport at 11:45 A.M.
From Rome to Cincinnati
  • May 24: Air France Flight 1505 departs from Rome Davinci Airport at 12:40 P.M. and arrives at Paris Degaulle Airport at 2:45 P.M.
  • Air France Flight 380 departs from Paris Degaulle Airport at 4:00 P.M. and arrives at Greater Cincinnati Airport at 7:00 P.M.
Hotel Information

Hotel Casci
Via Cavour 13
Firenze Italia
fax: 39.55.2396461


Hotel Primavera
Piazza San Pantaleo 3
Roma Italia


April 29: Arrive in Florence

April 30: Weekend, No Class

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May 18: Train to Rome

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May 20: Weekend, No Class

May 21: Weekend, No Class

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May 24: Return to Cincinnati

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