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Chandi Wyant brings to life major players of Italian Humanism (Petrarch, Matteo Palmieri, Leonardo Bruni, Isotta Nogarola, Cristine di Pizan, Poggio Bracciolini) and the Romans of the Classical period (Lucretius, Cicero, Vitruvius, Quntillian) whose thought the Florentines rediscovered in copies of ancients texts they found (sometimes mouldering) in monastic libraries. With a fascinating overview of the development of books from scrolls and codices to the form we know today, changes in scripts that made writing more readable, and the establishment of Niccolo Niccoli's public library, the first in the West since the fall of Rome, Ms. Wyant connects the influence of 15th-century Florentine discoveries in thought into the establishment of the U.S. republican form of government during the Revolutionary period of the 18th century. This is a comprehensive outline of the revival of ancient knowledge that brought western Europe into the modern era, and a conversation well worth the investment of one's time and attention.
Pitched to a juvenile audience with no pre-existing knowledge. Really should have been flagged as very much for beginners.
This was an awesome seminar...Chandi's excitement, knowledge, and engagement throughout the 90 minutes is infectious. She took us through all the major players that set the stage for the Florentine Renaissance, and even though I had some background in that area from a previous forum, there were many nuggets, I had forgot, or were new! Brava, Chandi!!
Chandi Wyant is an engaging instructor with expansive knowledge of and passion for her subject. I would love to take more classes from her!!
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