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Francesco Petrarca. Italian Humanist and poet. Born Arezzo 20. 7. 1304, died Arquà (near Padua) 19. 7. 1374. Privately tutored before 1316 in Latin grammar and rhetoric by Convenevole da Prato; 1316–1320 studied law at Montpellier, 1320–1326 at Bologna. Concurrent private classical studies: at Bologna, a student of Giovanni del Virgilio (prof. of Latin poetry). 1326, began an ecclesiastical career (minor or…

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Enenkel, Karl A. E., “Petrarch”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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