Olympia Morata

in The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226536682
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226536712 | DOI:

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This chapter explores the documents pertaining to Olympia Fulvia Morata by Lilio Gregorio Giraldi, Caelius Secundus Curio, who personally heard her declaiming in Latin, speaking in Greek, expounding Cicero's Paradoxa, and responding to questions, so well that she seemed able to be compared to any girl of ancient times, who was outstanding for praise of her intellect. She was more cultured in literature and the arts, Greek as well as Latin, than anyone would think possible, and famous for her knowledge of theology. So much about Morata. One can get anything else from Georg Hörmann. The chapter also explores documents from a letter by medical student Jakob Baldenburger, and from a letter by Johannes Sinapius to Jean Calvin.

Keywords: Olympia Fulvia Morata; Lilio Gregorio Giraldi; Caelius Secundus Curio; Cicero; Paradoxa; literature; Georg Hörmann; Jakob Baldenburger; Johannes Sinapius; Jean Calvin

Chapter.  1640 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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