An excellent general introduction to Boccaccio. It begins with a historical background to Florentine life in the fourteenth century and proceeds to delineate the life of the author with emphasis on the major influences on his work. The early works are analyzed individually for their own merit and for their relationship to The Decameron. Contains lengthy but lucid discussion of The Decameron followed by notes and a useful list of works.
He was born in Florence or in a village near Certaldo where his family was from. His father worked for the Compagnia dei Bardi and, in the Analysis on boccacio and dante, married Margherita dei Mardoli, who was of a well-to-do family.
Boccaccio may have been tutored by Giovanni Mazzuoli and received from him an early introduction to the works of Dante. Inhis father was appointed head of a bank and moved with his family to Naples. Boccaccio was an apprentice at the bank but disliked the banking profession.
He persuaded his father to let him study law at the Studium  the present-day University of Napleswhere he studied canon law for the next six years. He also pursued his interest in scientific and literary studies.
It seems that Boccaccio enjoyed law no more than banking, but his studies allowed him the opportunity to study widely and make good contacts with fellow scholars. His early influences included Paolo da Perugia a curator and author of a collection of myths called the Collectioneshumanists Barbato da Sulmona and Giovanni Barrili, and theologian Dionigi di Borgo San Sepolcro.
Boccaccio returned to Florence in earlyavoiding the plague of in that city, but also missing the visit of Petrarch to Naples in He had left Naples due to tensions between the Angevin king and Florence. His father had returned to Florence inwhere he had gone bankrupt.
His mother died shortly afterward possibly, as she was unknown — see above. Boccaccio continued to work, although dissatisfied with his return to Florence, producing Comedia delle ninfe fiorentine in also known as Ametoa mix of prose and poems, completing the fifty- canto allegorical poem Amorosa visione inand Fiammetta  in The pastoral piece "Ninfale fiesolano" probably dates from this time, also.
His children by his first marriage had all died, but he had another son named Iacopo in Giovanni Boccaccio and Florentines who have fled from the plague In Florence, the overthrow of Walter of Brienne brought about the government of popolo minuto "small people", workers.
It diminished the influence of the nobility and the wealthier merchant classes and assisted in the relative decline of Florence. FromBoccaccio spent much time in Ravenna, seeking new patronage and, despite his claims, it is not certain whether he was present in plague-ravaged Florence.
His stepmother died during the epidemic and his father was closely associated with the government efforts as Minister of Supply in the city. His father died in and Boccaccio was forced into a more active role as head of the family. Boccaccio began work on The Decameron   around It is probable that the structures of many of the tales date from earlier in his career, but the choice of a hundred tales and the frame-story lieta brigata of three men and seven women dates from this time.
The work was largely complete by Boccaccio revised and rewrote The Decameron in — This manuscript has survived to the present day. FromBoccaccio became closely involved with Italian humanism although less of a scholar and also with the Florentine government.
His first official mission was to Romagna in late He revisited that city-state twice and also was sent to BrandenburgMilan and Avignon. He also pushed for the study of Greek, housing Barlaam of Calabriaand encouraging his tentative translations of works by HomerEuripidesand Aristotle. In these years, he also took minor orders.
The meeting between the two was extremely fruitful and they were friends from then on, Boccaccio calling Petrarch his teacher and magister. Petrarch at that time encouraged Boccaccio to study classical Greek and Latin literature.
They met again in Padua inBoccaccio on an official mission to invite Petrarch to take a chair at the university in Florence.
Although unsuccessful, the discussions between the two were instrumental in Boccaccio writing the Genealogia deorum gentilium ; the first edition was completed in and this remained one of the key reference works on classical mythology for over years.
It served as an extended defense for the studies of ancient literature and thought. Despite the Pagan beliefs at its core, Boccaccio believed that much could be learned from antiquity. Thus, he challenged the arguments of clerical intellectuals who wanted to limit access to classical sources to prevent any moral harm to Christian readers.
The revival of classical antiquity became a foundation of the Renaissance, and his defense of the importance of ancient literature was an essential requirement for its development.
Certain sources also see a conversion of Boccaccio by Petrarch from the open humanist of the Decameron to a more ascetic style, closer to the dominant fourteenth century ethos. For example, he followed Petrarch and Dante in the unsuccessful championing of an archaic and deeply allusive form of Latin poetry.
Infollowing a meeting with Pope Innocent VI and further meetings with Petrarch, it is probable that Boccaccio took some kind of religious mantle.Analysis This article However, the Decameron uses Dante's model not to educate the reader but to satirize this method of learning.
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In the most basic of terms, The Decameron is an early prose novel, probably the first written in the Italian vernacular. We can call the work as a whole a comedy, even though disease and death are. Dante's Inferno represents a microcosm of society; that is, laymen, clergy, lovers, wagers of war, politicians, and scholars are all collected into one place and punished for their worst ' and most human ' attributes.
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Set against the background of the Black Death of , Giovanni Boccaccio's undisputed masterpiece recaptures both the tragedies and comedies of medieval life and is surely one of the greatest achievements in the .
The Decameron Giovanni Boccaccio. Italian compendium of tales, composed between and The following entry contains criticism on Boccaccio's Decameron. For additional information on.