Lorenzo Valla

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Valla, Lorenzo


Born 1405 or 1407, in Rome; died there on Aug. 1, 1457. Italian humanist. From 1445 secretary of the Papal Court.

Valla proved the counterfeit nature of The Donation of Constantine; thus, he was one of the forerunners of historical textual criticism. In the treatise On Pleasure as the True Good (1431) he defended the philosophy and ethics of Epicurus, which he contrasted with Christian asceticism and Stoic ethics. Valla sharply attacked medieval Scholastic logic and dialectics (in his Dialectic Refutations, 1439; published in 1499); he also subjected monasticism to sharp criticism. He strove for a revival of classical Latin (The Elegance of the Latin Language, books 1-6, 1471).


Scritti filosofici e religiosi. Florence, 1953.
“O naslazhdenii” (excerpt). In Istoriia estetiki, vol. 1. Moscow, 1962. Pages 485-97.


Korelin, M. S. “Eticheskii traktat L. Vally Ob udovol’stvii i ob istinnom blage,’” Vopr. filosofii i psikhologii, 1895, books 29 and 30.
Khometovskaia, A. I. Lorentso Valla—velikii ital’ianskii gumanist. Moscow-Leningrad, 1964.
Gaeta, F. Lorenzo Valla. Naples, 1955.


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Lorenzo Valla, one of the most famous promoters of Italian learning, not only translated into Latin the Iliad of Homer and the Histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, but also the Fables of Aesop.
Christianity, Latinity, and culture; two studies on Lorenzo Valla.
Along with Biondo Flavio (1392-1463) and Lorenzo Valla (1405-57), Bruni was one of the forefathers of modern historical writing.
In the roll call, the names fly by: Petrarca, Lorenzo Valla, Nicholas of Cusa, Marsilio Ficino, Lorenzo de' Medici, Pico della Mirandola, Erasmus, Machiavelli, Thomas More, Luther, Calvin, Bacon, Galileo, Hugo Grotius, Thomas Hobbes, Descartes, and Tommaso Campanella, to name only the most prominent.
Courtney Quaintance--che ritiene che la Pozzo abbia attinto al De voluptate di Lorenzo Valla, inserendo sue varianti--edita ottimamente questo raro testo, che viene riportato per intero.
Two philosophers each receive a chapter: Dermot Moran writes on Nicholas of Cusa and Lodi Nauta on Lorenzo Valla.
Pico della Mirandola and Lorenzo Valla used Hebrew sources to expose errors in the Vulgate, with the implication that errors in doctrine followed thereon (p.
Histories of theology continue to skip from late-medieval scholasticism to Luther and other Reformers, bypassing the achievements of Renaissance Humanists like Lorenzo Valla and especially Erasmus, except for possibly mentioning their pioneering work in textual and historical criticism.
Lorenzo Valla (1407-1457) wrote Dialectical Disputations to refute Aristotleian logic and introduce a commonsense approach to semantics and argument.
Brown devotes her first chapter to noting the availability of De rerum natura in ninth-century Europe and its subsequent disappearance; to Dante's treatment of the Epicureans in his Divine Comedy; to the interest in Epicureanism displayed by Boccaccio, Leonardo Bruni, Cosma Raimondi, Antonio Beccadelli, and Lorenzo Valla prior to the time in which Lucretius' poem and Diogenes Laertius' life of Epicurus began to circulate; to the misgivings of the monk Ambrogio Traversi regarding his work as a translator of Diogenes Laertius' biographies; to Lucretius' early readers Poggio Bracciolini and Leon Battista Alberti; and to indications, unrelated to Epicureanism, of religious incredulity on the part of some Florentines.
Celenza skillfully deploys a number of Renaissance Latin humanists--Poggio Bracciolini, Marsilio Ficino, Lorenzo Valla, and Leon Battista Alberti--both to demonstrate how sensitivity to issues such as honour and gender, particularly as articulated by Joan Scott and Caroline Bynum, illuminate and enable us better to understand humanist literature, but also to demonstrate how these Latin authors can be employed as useful interlocutors in a considerably wider range of academic debates.
Schiffman (history, Northeastern Illinois U) surveys the development of the concept of history and historical thinking in the West focusing on thinkers of ancient Greece, early Christianity, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment, such as Herodotus, Petrarch, Jean Bodin, Montaigne, Lorenzo Valla, and especially Montesquieu.