September 23, 2018

#27 – Boccaccio Part Three

So let’s talk about The Decameron. The book’s primary title exemplifies Boccaccio’s fondness for Greek philology: Decameron combines two Greek words, δέκα, déka (“ten”) and ἡμέρα, […]
September 14, 2018

#26 – Boccaccio Part Two

Let’s talk about the Filocolo The title means “the one struck down by love”. It is considered to be the first novel of Italian literature written […]
September 9, 2018

#25 – Boccaccio Part One

Let’s talk about the other, slightly more creepy and rapey father of the Renaissance. For books in the vernacular to appear in considerable quantities, there must […]
August 18, 2018

#24 – The Father Of The Renaissance (part three)

“Africa” became alternately Petrarch’s obsession and his revulsion, and he left it incomplete at his death. Despite Petrarch’s best efforts to conceal his occupation, word of […]