Flavio Biondo

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Biondo, Flavio


Born 1392 in Forlì; died June 4, 1463, in Rome. Italian humanist and historian.

Biondo was the first to distinguish the Middle Ages as a particular period of history. In his main work, Three Decades of History After the Fall of the Roman Empire, Biondo begins with Alaric’s conquest of Rome and ends with the year 1440, characterizing this period as a special epoch, different from antiquity and from the Renaissance. In Three Decades …, Biondo presents the history of medieval Europe in chronological order. He was one of the first who sought to establish criteria for the credibility of historical sources, and he criticized earlier medieval historiography from the standpoint of humanism. He is the author of the first work on the historical geography of Italy, Italy Illustrated.


Roma instaurata et Italia illustrata. Venice, 1542.
Le decadi (Historiarum ab inclinatione Romanorum decades). Forlì, 1964.


Vainshtein, O. L. Zapadno-evropeiskaia srednevekovaia istoriografiia. Moscow-Leningrad, 1964. Pages 261-64.
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One merit of the French volume is a useful compendium of references to classical monuments drawn from Petrarch, Flavio Biondo, Poggio Bracciolini, and Giovanni Tortelli.
Meserve discusses works of both well-known humanists--including Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, Poggio Bracciolini, Flavio Biondo, and Francesco Filelfo--and less familiar figures (Andrea Biglia, for example), and she details manuscript and printed sources that her audience might have difficulty accessing on their own.
Flavio Biondo (1392-1463) in turn maintained that classical Latin had been a single language, if one that embraced a range of styles from colloquialism to lofty eloquence.
His views were contested first of all by Flavio Biondo, who believed that Latin had been used by all classes, although with varieties of tone, and that the modern vernacular sprang from the corrupting effect which the barbarian invasions had upon Latin.
With Cyriacus, Leon Battista Alberti, and especially Flavio Biondo, Poggio and Niccoli were seminal forces in the early transformation of the study of ancient Egypt.
Many papers are extremely dense, and with notes taking up to half the broad double-column pages, appealing to the eruditissimi with deep interest in local place names and their evolution from Roman times, in the development of geographical description from Ptolemy and Strabo to Flavio Biondo and obscure contemporaries of Alberti.
Of very special importance here was his close association with Hartmann Schedel at Nuremberg, whose magnificent library was not only stocked with virtually all the essential texts, from Pomponius Mela, Pliny the Elder, Ptolemy, and Strabo to Flavio Biondo and Enea Silvio Piccolomini, but also contained the description of the world in hexameters by Dionysius Periegetes, which may to some extent have served as a model for Celtis's own poem, the Germania generalis.