Theology & Philosophy

Freedom, Tradition, and Humanism in the Works of Petrarch


This conference explored themes of individual liberty and responsibility in the work of Petrarch, one of the greatest humanists.


Conference Readings

Petrarch, Francesco. The First Modern Scholar and Man of Letters. Translated by James Harvey Robinson. New York: G. P. Putnam, 1898. (accessed ).

Petrarch, Francesco. “Prefaces to De viris illustribus.” History and Theory 13, no. 2 (May 1974): 132-144.

Petrarch, Francesco. “Coronation Oration.” PMLA 68, no. 5 (1953): 1241-1250.

Petrarch, Francesco. The Life of Solitude. Translated by Jacob Zeitlin. Westport: Hyperion Press, 1985; reprint of 1924.

Petrarch, Francesco. Invectives. Translated by David Marsh. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Petrarch, Francesco. Petrarch’s Lyric Poems: The Rime Sparse and Other Lyrics. Translated by Robert Durling. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979.

Petrarch, Francesco. The Secret. Edited by Carol E. Quillen. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.