The Family in Renaissance Florence, Book Three: I Libri Della Famiglia

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The Family in Renaissance Florence, Book Three: I Libri Della Famiglia

By Leon Battista Alberti; Renée Neu Watkins

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A classic of Italian literature! The chief merit of this work lies in its scope: it directly assays the personal value system of the Florentine bourgeois class, which did so much to foster the development of art, literature, and science. It displays a variety of high styles—high rhetoric, systematic moral exposition, novelistic portrayal of character—in the typical Renaissance framework of the dialogue. The treatise, in its entirety, shows a Florentine paterfamilias and two uncles instructing some submissive nephews in the ethics of private life. Money and reputation are its primary themes. Book III, the most dramatic, far-ranging, and down-to-earth of the four books, does not present a single bourgeois outlook but, as a dialogue, expresses conflicting points of view, enabling students to relive social and moral conflicts that troubled early capitalist society.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> European History

The Family in Renaissance Florence, Book Three: I Libri Della Famiglia
1st edition
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc. 10/1994
Imprint: Waveland Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1478605510
ISBN 13: 9781478605515
Print ISBN: 9780881338218

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