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Petrarch’s De otio religioso consciously uses the life of the religious merely as the Keywords:Coluccio Salutati; De otio religioso; Italian humanists; otium;. Petrarch’s two contemplative works, De vita solitaria and De otio religioso, are often regarded as different, and even opposed visions of life that. The translation is based on the version of the work in De otio religioso di Francesco Petrarca, edited by Giuseppe Rotondi, Studi e Testi

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Together, the two treatises questioned two main tenets of medieval monastic thought: You have planted, but look at how we now harvest.

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The core notion Petrarch appropriated from mysti- cal theology and applied to virtue was the notion that man cannot know God but can only love Him: With reference to Prosper of Aquitaine, the Otik Antique poet who, not unlike Petrarch himself, ardently took part in the theological and religikso controversies of his time, Petrarch writes in the second book of De otio: Analysis of previous works dealing with this theme, however, reveals that Petrarch considered religious life a privileged but not a unique way to God.

Following his learned disquisition on Christian contemplation, Petrarch recognizes his distance from the monastic ideal and asks for the monks’ otuo Introduction by Ronald G. Above all, however, he studies the various facets of the De otio: I had no access to Rotondi, but checked the translation against one of the other printed editions listed in the bibliography, Librorum Francisci Petrarche Impressorum Annotatio, Venice, He limits his pleasure in the view from the top because he reads St.

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III. All in the Mind: Otium in the De Otio Religioso in: Petrarch and St. Augustine

In translating the De otio, Schearer abandons the two-book structure of the Latin text and chooses instead to divide her translation into chapters p. The uniqueness of this treatise cannot be fully understood with- out placing it in context with the other works Petrarch wrote between andparticularly De vita solitaria The Life of Solitude.

The inner conflict which had seemed so amusing to Gibbon is what most intrigues us today. The Best Books of It unfolds through self-investigation and does not linger in the abstract spec- ulation of the causes, but researches the principles of human actions so that they may be useful to others. Although our ultimate goal does not lie in virtue, where the phi- losophers placed it, yet the straight path toward our goal passes through the virtues, and not through virtues that are merely known, I say, but loved.

Augustine’s comment on the triviality of worldly things. This translation can be integrated into courses in medieval intellectual history and literary theory and could also be taught along other works of Petrarch, Dante, and Boccaccio.

O great philosophers and hard-working men whose natural intelligence overwhelms us, look at how we have overtaken you in grace religloso free blessings. It is ideal for classroom use and for non-specialist pleasure reading. As a poet interested in the moral reformation of society, Petrarch shared with the monks their love for solitude, but rather than seeking sanctity in a C Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 14mm Petrarch wrote De otio religioso in a period of intense moral and religgioso meditation. To this end, Petrarch exhorts them to meditate on their past experience in the world and to rely on the possi- bility that incarnation had granted to all men.

Understandably the De otio religioso, with its all-embracing condemnation of the life in the world and a glorification dee withdrawal from it, was not popular with later humanists.

Traditionally, religiowo verset was used by the theologians to exhort to contemplation. De vita solitaria and De otio religioso: A debatable commonplace about DOR is that it praises the religious life in opposition to secular life.

III. All in the Mind: Otium in the De Otio Religioso

Similarly, his cheerful self-congratulatory account of the way various courts competed to award him the laureateship plays against De otio’s grave warnings against love of honour and praise: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of At this point I remember what I overlooked in the rush while I was there. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? He was surely well aware of the intellectual, and sometimes comic stress of these incongruities.