Giovanni Boccaccio: The Father Of Humanism

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Giovanni Boccaccio was a Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance Humanist. He wrote numerous notable work, and he was an important figure in the Italian literary traditions, promoting both Dante and Petrarch. Dante; was an important Italian poet, and Petrarch; was a devout classical scholar who was considered “The Father of Humanism”. Giovanni Boccaccio was born in Florence. His father worked for the Compagnia dei Bardi in 1320. His father married a women named Margherita dei Mardoli. Giovanni’s father ended up being appointed head of the bank. Because of this they had to move to Naples. Giovanni was apprentice of the bank, but didn’t like the banking profession. He began studying cannon law for the next six years. It seemed that Boccaccio liked law no more than banking. However, his studies allowed him to have the opportunities to study various things, and make great connections with many other scholars. When Boccaccio was in Naples, that’s when he really started writing poetry. Here in Naples he wrote many poems like “Il Filostrato” , which told a story of Troilus and the faithless Criseida, and “Teseida”, which was a long epic poem Running to almost 10,000 lines divided into twelve books, and…show more content…
Boccaccio left Florence in 1361 to Certaldo due to his friends getting excited in the purge; which is removal of people who are considered not wanted by those in power from a government. In 1363, he retired to the village of Certaldo out of poverty, and in 1373 he began readings of Dante's Divine Comedy. When he became less involved in government affairs he traveled to other places in Italy like Venice met up with Petrarch in 1365. After Petrarch’s death in 1374 it changed his writings and he wrote a commemorative poem, including it in his collection of lyric poems, the

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