Juvenilia : Ferrara, C. 1539–41 , Age 12–14

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:
Juvenilia : Ferrara, C. 1539–41 , Age 12–14

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This chapter states that Caelius Secundus Curio preserved a number of Olympia Fulvia Morata's juvenilia from his brief stay in Ferrara between April and October 1541. These include the prefaces to the public readings on Cicero's Stoic Paradoxes, and an epideictic oration in praise of the Roman hero Mucius Scaevola. Although these juvenilia are works of the schoolroom, they show an astonishing command not only of Latin and Greek, but of a wide range of authors, including Cicero, Horace, Lucretius, and Juvenal in Latin; Homer, Isocrates, Xenophon, Lucian, and Plutarch in Greek. Morata translates Homer into Latin and then Propertius into Greek. Although she mixes in an Old Testament example with classical allusions, there is an interesting total absence of the church fathers. The chapter examines what Cicero himself has to say in this new philosophy, which does not differ much from Christianity.

Keywords: Caelius Secundus Curio; Olympia Fulvia Morata; juvenilia; Ferrara; Cicero; Stoic Paradoxes; epideictic oration; Mucius Scaevola; Old Testament; Christianity

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Subjects: Literature

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