Leonardo Bruni and biography: The Vita Aristotelis

Ianziti, Gary J. (2002) Leonardo Bruni and biography: The Vita Aristotelis. Renaissance Quarterly, 55(3), pp. 805-832.

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This article presents the "Vita Aristotelis" (1429) as an extension of Bruni's campaign to win acceptance for his new view of Aristotle as an independently valid guide to the secular life. The dynamics and structure of the "Vita" are traced to Bruni's attempt to counter the impact of the imminent publication of the "Lives" of Diogenes Laertius in a Latin translation by Ambrogio Traversari. In refuting the negative aspects of the portrait offered by Diogenes, Bruni developed and defended a selective, rhetorically based approach to biography that was novel in relation to classical and medieval interpretations of the genre.

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ID Code: 9944
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Roman history
DOI: 10.2307/1261557
ISSN: 0034-4338
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Classical Greek and Roman History (210306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Renaissance Society of America
Deposited On: 04 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 01:32

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