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Ben Thomson

Political Thought in Cristoforo Landino's Disputationes Camaldulenses

The Disputationes Camaldulenses, written by the humanist scholar Cristoforo Landino, is a conspicuous example of Renaissance Platonism which takes the form of a dialogue encompassing humanistic debate about the merits of the active and contemplative lives, an excursus on the metaphysics of the summum bonum, and an allegorisation of the Aeneid to describe the ascent of the human soul. My research seeks to help understand the political implications of this work for its readers, the educated ruling class of Medicean Florence, by drawing out significant themes such as moral exemplarity and the cultivation of virtue while also addressing questions of genre, form, and the humanist rhetorical tradition.

Supervisor: Dr Stephen Clucas