Syllabus/achievement requirements

Detailed reading list is available at the following link:


Primary sources will include:

Gorgias, Encomium of Helen,

Plato, Phaedrus,

Isocrates, Against the Sophists,

Plutarch, De liberis educandis, De audiendis poetis;

Athenaeus, Sophists at Dinner, 1-20b;

Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights, ed. John Rolfe; 

Seneca, Epistulae morales

Cicero, Letters Att. 7.2, 13.42, 13.52; Fam. 3.11, 6.6, 9.1, 13.30;

Pliny the Elder Epist. 4.27, 5.17, 6.17, 6.21, 7.17, 8.12, 8.21;

Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, prooemium;

Petrarch, The Coronation Oration, Letters On Familiar Matters (Selections), Letters Of Old Age, Petrarch: On His Own Ignorance and That of Many Others

Coluccio Salutati, On Petrarch’s Eloquence

Bruni, Dialogi ad Petrum Histrium, The Lives of Dante and Petrarch, The Laudatio for the City of Florence, On the Correct Way to Translate, On the Study of Literature;

Pier Paolo Vergerio: The Character and Studies Befitting a Free-Born Child

Angelo Poliziano: Lamia (selections);

Valla: On the Donation of Constantine, Elegantiae Linguae Latinae (selections)

Vico: Inaugural Orations (selections), On the Study Methods of Our Time (selections), On the Most Ancient Wisdom of the Italians (selections), New Science (selections)


Secondary sources will include:

Hans Baron: The Crisis of the Early Italian Renaissance (selections);

Hans Blumenberg: The Legitimacy of the Modern Age (Selections)

Ernst Cassirer: The Individual and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy (Selections);

Giovanni Gentile: “The Character of the Renaissance”;

Anthony Grafton and Lisa Jardine: From Humanism to the Humanities (Selections);

Pierre Hadot, “Forms of Life and Forms of Discourse in Ancient Philosophy,” in Philosophy as a Way of Life, pp. 49-70;

Victoria Kahn: “Humanism and the Resistance to Theory.”

James Ker, “Nocturnal Writers in Imperial Rome: the Culture of Lucubratio,” Classical Philology 99.3 (2004): 209-242.

Paul Oskar Kristeller: “Humanism and Scholasticism in the Italian Renaissance.”; Eugenio Garin: Italian Humanism (Selections)

Quentin Skinner, Liberty before Liberalism (CUP 1998)

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