The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic

The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic

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Winner of the 2004 Josephine Roberts Edition Prize from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. A brilliant scholar and one of the finest writers of her day, Olympia Morata (1526-1555) was attacked by some as a qCalvinist Amazonq but praised by others as an inspiration to all learned women. This book publishes, for the first time, all her known writingsa€”orations, dialogues, letters, and poemsa€”in an accessible English translation. Raised in the court of Ferrara in Italy, Morata was educated alongside the daughters of the nobility. As a youth she gave public lectures on Cicero, wrote commentaries on Homer, and composed poems, dialogues, and orations in both Latin and Greek. She also became a prominent Protestant evangelical, studying the Bible extensively and corresponding with many of the leading theologians of the Reformation. After fleeing to Germany in search of religious freedom, Morata tutored students in Greek and composed what many at the time felt were her finest worksa€”a series of translations of the Psalms into Greek hexameters and sapphics. Feminists and historians will welcome these collected writings from one of the most important female humanists of the sixteenth century.Soonafter arriving inGermany, whenshe wasfinallyable to get the books of theology forbidden in Italy, 236 she wrote to Lavinia della Rovere: So set aside ... Even her two dialogues were written with the specific situation of Lavinia della Rovere in mind. ... doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of eternal Salvation to be enjoyed through Christ, as because it doth fervently kindle their love towards God.

Title:The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic
Author:Olympia Morata
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2007-11-01


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