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After the composition of the Decameron, and under the influence of Petrarch's humanism, Giovanni Boccaccio(1313-1375) devoted the last decades of his life to compiling encyclopedic works in Latin. Among them is Famous Women, the first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women.

The 106 women whose life stories make up this volume range from the exemplary to the notorious, from historical and mythological figures to Renaissance contemporaries. In the hands of a master storyteller, these brief biographies afford a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential.

Famous Women, which Boccaccio continued to revise and expand until the end of his life, became one of the most popular works in the last age of the manuscript book, and had a signal influence on many literary works, including Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Castiglione's Courtier. This edition presents the first English translation based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.

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After the composition of the Decameron, and under the influence of Petrarch's humanism, Giovanni Boccaccio(1313-1375) devoted the last decades of his life to compiling encyclopedic works in Latin. Among them isFamous Women, the first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women. The 106 women whose life stories make up this volume range from the exemplary to the notorious,from historical and mythological figures to Renaissance contemporaries. In the hands of a master storyteller, these brief biographies afford a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women werebeginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Famous Women, which Boccaccio continued to revise and expand until the end of his life, became one of the most popular works in the lastage of the manuscript book, and had a signal influence on many literary works, including Chaucer's Canterbury Talesand Castiglione's Courtier. This edition presentsthe first English translation based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.

About the Author

Virginia Brownis Senior Fellow, <>Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Famous Women

Dedication

Preface

I. Eve, Our First Mother

II. Semiramis, Queen of the Assyrians

III. Opis, Wife of Saturn

IV. Juno, Goddess of the Kingdoms

V. Ceres, Goddess of the Harvest and Queen of Sicily

VI. Minerva

VII. Venus, Queen of Cyprus

VIII. Isis, Queen and Goddess of Egypt

IX. Europa, Queen of Crete

X. Libya, Queen of Libya

XI-XII. Marpesia and Lampedo, Queens of the Amazons

XIII. Thisbe, a Babylonian Maiden

XIV. Hypermnestra, Queen of the Argives and Priestess of Juno

XV. Niobe, Queen of Thebes

XVI. Hypsipyle, Queen of Lemnos

XVII. Medea, Queen of Colchis

XVIII. Arachne of Colophon

XIX-XX. Orithya and Antiope, Queens of the Amazons

XXI. The Sybil Erythraea or Heriphile

XXII. Medusa, Daughter of Phorcus

XXIII. Iole, Daughter of the King of the Aetolians

XXIV. Deianira, Wife of Hercules

XXV. Jocasta, Queen of Thebes

XXVI. The Sybil Almathea, or Deiphebe

XXVII. Nicostrata, or Carmenta, Daughter of King Ionius

XXVIII. Pocris, Wife of Cephalus

XXIX. Argia, Wife of Polynices and Daughter of King Adrastus

XXX. Manto, Daughter of Tiresias

XXXI. The Wives of the Minyans

XXXII. Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons

XXXIII. Polyxena, Daughter of King Priam

XXXIV. Hecuba, Queen of the Trojans

XXXV. Cassandra, Daughter of King Priam of Troy

XXXVI. Clytemnestra, Queen of Mycenae

XXXVII. Helen, Wife of King Menelaus

XXXVIII. Circe, Daughter of the Sun

XXXIX. Camilla, Queen of the Volscians

XL. Penelope, Wife of Ulysses

XLI. Lavinia, Queen of Laurentum

XLII. Dido, or Elissa, Queen of Carthage

XLIII. Nicaula, Queen of Ethiopia

XLIV. Pamphile, Daughter of Platea

XLV. Rhea Ilia, Vestal Virgin

XLVI. Gaia Cyrilla, Wife of King Tarquinius Priscus

XLVII. Sappho, Girl of Lesbos and Poetess

XLVIII. Lucretia, Wife of Collatinus

XLIX. Tamyris, Queen of Scythia

L. Leaena, a Prostitute

LI. Athaliah, Queen of Jerusalem

LII. Cloelia, a Roman Maiden

LIII. Hippo, a Greek Woman

LIV. Megullia Dotata

LV. Veturia, a Roman Matron

LVI. Thamyris, Daughter of Micon

LVII. Artemisia, Queen of Caria

LVIII. Virginia, Virgin and Daughter of Virginius

LIX. Irene, Daughter of Cratinus

LX. Leontium

LXI. Olympias, Queen of Macedonia

LXII. Claudia, a Vestal Virgin

LXIII. Virginia, Wife of Lucius Volumnius

LXIV. Flora the Prostitute, Goddess of Flowers and Wife of Zephyrus

LXV. A Young Roman Woman

LXVI. Marcia, Daughter of Varro

LXVII. Sulpicia, Wife of Fulvius Flaccus

LXVIII. Harmonia, Daughter of Gelon of Sicily

LXIX. Busa of Canosa di Puglia

LXX. Sophonisba, Queen of Numidia

LXXI. Theoxena, Daughter of Prince Herodicus

LXXII. Berenice, Queen of Cappadocia

LXXIII. The Wife of Orgiagon the Galatian

LXXIV. Tertia Aemilia, Wife of the Elder Africanus

LXXV. Dripetrua, Queen of Laodice

LXXVI. Sempronia, Daughter of Gracchus

LXXVII. Claudia Quinta, a Roman Woman

LXXVIII. Hypsicratea, Queen of Pontus

LXXIX. Sempronia, a Roman Woman

LXXX. The Wives of the Cimbrians

LXXXI. Julia, Daughter of the Dictator Julius Caesar

LXXXII. Portia, Daughter of Cato Uticensis

LXXXIII. Curia, Wife of Quintus Lucretius

LXXXIV. Hortensia, Daughter of Quintus Hortensius

LXXXV. Sulpicia, Wife of Cruscellio

LXXXVI. Cornificia, a Poetess

LXXXVII. Mariamme, Queen of Judaea

LXXXVIII. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt

LXXXIX. Antonia, Daughter of Antony

XC. Agrippina, Wife of Germanicus

XCI. Paulina, a Roman Woman

XCII. Agrippina, Mother of the Emperor Nero

XCIII. Epicharis, a Freedwoman

XCIV. Pompeia Paulina, Wife of Seneca

XCV. Sabina Poppaea, Wife of Nero

XCVI. Triaria, Wife of Lucius Vitellius

XCVII. Proba, Wife of Adelphus

XCVIII. Faustina Augusta

XCIX. Symiamira, Woman of Emesa

C. Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra

CI. Joan, an Englishwoman and Pope

CII. Irene, Empress of Constantinople

CIII. Gualdrada, a Florentine Maiden

CIV. Constance, Empress of Rome and Queen of Sicily

CV. Camiola, a Sienese Widow

CVI. Joanna, Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily

Conclusion

Note on the Text

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674003477
Editor:
Brown, Virginia
Author:
Brown, Virginia
Author:
Boccaccio, Giovanni
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
European
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Literary Criticism-European - General
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
The I Tatti Renaissance Library
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , After the composition of the Decameron, and under the influence of Petrarch's humanism, Giovanni Boccaccio(1313-1375) devoted the last decades of his life to compiling encyclopedic works in Latin. Among them isFamous Women, the first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women. The 106 women whose life stories make up this volume range from the exemplary to the notorious,from historical and mythological figures to Renaissance contemporaries. In the hands of a master storyteller, these brief biographies afford a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when medieval attitudes toward women werebeginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Famous Women, which Boccaccio continued to revise and expand until the end of his life, became one of the most popular works in the lastage of the manuscript book, and had a signal influence on many literary works, including Chaucer's Canterbury Talesand Castiglione's Courtier. This edition presentsthe first English translation based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.
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