This paper showcases an ongoing new philological edition of Vincent Ferrer’s fifty-three Lenten sermons preached in València in 1413 (València, Cathedral Archive, ms. 273). A short introductory note outlining the project’s core editing guidelines is followed by a sample of three panegyric sermons devoted, respectively, to Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Ambrose of Milan and Saint George. In all three cases the critical text is supplemented by a textual apparatus and explanatory notes.
This article presents the first critical edition of the Epitaphia Ioannis Antonii Panthei Veronensis et discipulorum eius Nogarolae perennitati, which are preserved in the Veronese manuscript Biblioteca Civica 1366. Assembled by the Veronese humanist Giovanni Antonio Panteo, the Epitaphia form a funerary collection written in honor of Ludovico Nogarola, an important political figure in Verona who died in 1483. In its introduction to the edition, the present article examines the honoree, the assembler and contributors to the collection, and several features of the various compositions’ style and content.
This piece follows my discovery of a manuscript containing the collection of sacred Hymns made by the humanist Francesco Roseto (or Roscio), which until now had been thought lost. Starting from a letter by Marcantonio Sabellico, the discussion of the author aims to define the character and chronology of the work in question. Special attention is given to Roseto’s humanist training and the period of his collaboration with Aldo Manuzio on some editions of classical texts. There is also a description of the codex and an overall view of its contents, complete with index.
In this paper we try to identify the sources used by the humanist Aulus Ianus Parrhasius in a letter that he sent in 1512 to the Sicilian intellectual Ludovicus Montaltus. The epistula, already published by Francesco Lo Parco in 1899, is the preface to De ponderibus ac mensuris, a parrhasian work transmitted by the manuscript XIII. B. 16 of Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli: through an analysis of the evidence we prove that the text of the letter consists of the recovery of ancient sources (Pindar, Cicero, Solinus etc.) and, probably, of ʻcontemporariesʼ authors (an elegy of Jacopo Sannazzaro and other humanists).
The article investigates the origin of the legend about the death of the Brescian humanist Carlo Valgulio: a seventeenth-century biography by Ottavio Rossi states in fact that Valgulio would have died of fright after seeing a ghost. After examining four aspects (the humanists’ interest in the supernatural; the use of ghosts in the religious dispute between Catholics and Protestants; the content and construction of the story; a pamphlet written by Valgulio against the Dominicans of Brescia in defense of a municipal law against funeral expenses), the hypothesis suggested is that the legend was born as an instrument of defamation of the humanist by his opponents after his death.
Piero Vettori taught in Florence for over forty years, but until now only nine prolusions published by his nephew after Vettori’s death and some remarks in his correspondence offered evidence on his teaching activity. A miscellaneous manuscript (Munchen, Staatsbibliothek, Clm 750) preserves six previously unknown inaugural lectures, handwritten by Vettori himself. These speeches shed light on matters of chronology and on Vettori’s first fifteen years as lecturer in the Studium Florentinum and they also provide new insights on some volumes of his library. The text of the prolusions is published here for the first time.
Francesco Panigarola’s book Il predicatore, published after the author’s death in 1609, was one of the most influential treatises about vernacular preaching in the seventeenth century. It is a common opinion that the linguistic prescriptions contained in the book chapter Apparato per la seconda parte follow the path traced by Pietro Bembo and Benedetto Varchi. However, a close reading shows that Panigarola supports a new linguistic model, more open to the needs of modern times.
The marks that early-modern readers left on the margins of printed copies of Sallust’s De coniuratione Catilinae and Bellum Jugurthinum (manuscript comments, maniculae, and other marginalia), and the bibliographic codes that history books acquired during the 16th and 17th centuries point to a form of reading that privileged either the rhetorical aspects of the works, or the political and moral aspects of the stories, or both. This article analyzes some of these practices within the global framework of the reading of historical texts, dealing more precisely with the ways readers annotated the speeches interspersed in the two monographs, and the specific layout that printers used for the orations. The distinct nature of speeches, where the more “elevated” style allowed for the use of sententiae and for a heavily marked rhetorical structure, facilitated these types of readings.
The paper deals with some textual restorations made during the seventeenth century on some Greek manuscripts. The copyists responsible are here identified, namely Francesco Arcudi, Neophytos Rhodinos, and Lorenzo Porzio. Rhodinos is also the copyist of the Arcudi’s epigrams and letter that are transmitted by the fols. 179r-180v of the codex Barberinianus graecus 202. Furthermore, the article offers some observations concerning the old shelfmarks of the manuscripts Barberinianus graecus 325 and Barberinianus graecus 337.
The aim of the present study is to observe how, after the Tridentine Council, dioceses were administered and governed after the death of the bishop, that is in a sede vacante, what problems arose and whether there was full adherence to the Tridentine norm or whether, on the contrary, there was dissimilarity. A global and local perspective will be offered by analyzing them in the longue durée, in which it is possible to observe how, even in the 19th century, there was not full adherence to the Tridentine norms and how, therefore, the correction of this situation by Rome allowed for a progressive and greater uniformity throughout the Church.
This contribution intends to study the library of the man of letters Pierantonio Serassi (1721-1791), an abbot from Bergamo who lived in Rome, which can be entirely reconstructed through a document that has only just emerged, the legal inventory of his possessions drawn up after his death. The volumes he owned exceed 1200, and the most important part of his library is the large collection of editions of works by Torquato Tasso, an author who was Serassi’s main object of study. A transcription of this section of the inventory is provided here, with identification of the editions. After various vicissitudes, Serassi’s Tasso collection became part of the heritage of the Angelo Mai Civic Library in Bergamo.
Through the discovery of the inventory of the possessions owned by Abbot Pierantonio Serassi (1721-1791), this contribution intends to reconstruct the vicissitudes of the Bergamasque man of letters focusing, in particular, on the artistic works belonging to Serassi, the Tasso effigies and the problem of his portraits that have been preserved until today. The circumstances connect Serassi to the erudite Roman milieu of the late XVIIIth century, in which Cardinal Francesco Carrara, the Duke of Ceri, the painter Giovanni Battista Dell’Era and the sculptor Vincenzo Pacetti, who created his sepulchral monument, also gravitated.
The purpose of this contribution is to frame Italian Judaism, and in particular the experience of the Rabbinic College of Padua and the figure of Samuel David Luzzatto (1800-1865), in the European Wissenschaft des Judentums. In particular, we take into consideration the unpublished Taccuino antropologico (Anthropological Notebook), in which Luzzatto collected notes and reflections preparatory to his lectures on Jewish Moral Theology and Jewish Dogmatic Theology.
The autograph manuscripts, with authorial revision and corrections, of thirty-eight short stories by Ezio Franceschini (1906-1983) for the children’s periodical «Giovani Amici dell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore» are focused in this paper. The old university professor takes on the gaze and images of children to bring out the truth of the life as a discovery of brotherhood with all creatures, by means of fictional stories mostly inspired by autobiographical events. The number of corrections attests to the author’s stylistic care for a direct and profound dialogue with his young readers and a fruitful collaboration with the journal editor. Lastly, a so far unpublished story is edited, dated and put in context.