Laudatio florentinae urbis

Laudatio florentinae urbis (Latin for "Praise of the City of Florence") is a panegyric delivered by Leonardo Bruni (c. 1403–4). The panegyric is modeled after Aelius Aristides' Panathenaic Oration,[1] particularly with references to Florence's values and external threats.[2] It was first delivered immediately after Florence's victory over Milan.[3]

The panegyric contains chronological contradictions with Bruni's other oration, Dialogi.[4]

The exact dating of the oration, as with other works of Bruni's dated by Hans Baron, has been questioned by critics of Baron.[5][6] Some portions of the panegyric employed in its dating include references to the "occupation" of Bologna (June 1402, or rumors of collusion between Milan and Bologna in 1399) and the fading of Giangaleazzo Visconti (d. September 2, 1402) from Milan's political scene.[7]

Bruni republished the panegyric in the 1430s at a time which the pope was contemplating transferring the Council of Florence to a different city; the republication was also contemporaneous with the Milanese panegyric of Pietro Candido Decembrio, De Laudibus Mediolanesium Urbis Panegyricus (1436).[8]


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  2. ^ de Góis, Damião, and Ruth, Jeffrey S. 1996. Lisbon in the Renaissance: A New Translation of the Urbis Olisiponis Descriptio. Italica Press, Inc. ISBN 0-934977-36-4. p. xxix.
  3. ^ Pertile, Lino, and Brand, Peter. 1996. The Cambridge History of Italian Literature. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-66622-8. p. 138.
  4. ^ Baron, Hans. 1968. From Petrarch to Leonardo Bruni: Studies in Humanistic and Political Literature. Chicago-London: University of Chicago Press.
  5. ^ Hankins, James (1995). "The "Baron Thesis" after Forty Years and Some Recent Studies of Leonardo Bruni". Journal of the History of Ideas. 56 (2): 309–338. doi:10.2307/2709840. JSTOR 2709840.
  6. ^ Seigel, Jerrold E. (1966). "'Civic Humanism' or Ciceronian Rhetoric?: The Culture of Petrarch and Bruni". Past & Present. 34 (1): 3–48. doi:10.1093/past/34.1.3. JSTOR 650053.
  7. ^ Baron, Hans (1967). "Leonardo Bruni: "Professional Rhetorician" or 'Civic Humanist'?". Past & Present. 36: 21–37. doi:10.1093/past/36.1.21.
  8. ^ Witt, Ronald (1970). "Cino Rinuccini's Risponsiva alla Invettiva di Messer Antonio Lusco". Renaissance Quarterly. 23 (2): 133–149. doi:10.2307/2858842.

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