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Petrarch and Monasticism: Stoic Heroes and Spiritual Warriors

Watson Hall 217

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Petrarch (1304-74) hated the “ignorance” of his times and chose instead to model his literary life on the great writers of ancient Rome. In Classical Latin, he wrote letters modelled on Cicero and Seneca, histories modelled on Livy and Caesar, and a Vergilian Latin epic about Scipio Africanus, for which he was crowned poet laureate. But Petrarch was also a devout Christian and lived his later years in contemplative solitude. He wrote extensively on religious topics, including a treatise on the solitary life and a book of encouragement to Carthusian monks. This paper explores Petrarch’s idea of monastic virtue.


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