Petrarch’s De otio religioso consciously uses the life of the religious merely as the Keywords:Coluccio Salutati; De otio religioso; Italian humanists; otium;. Petrarch’s two contemplative works, De vita solitaria and De otio religioso, are often regarded as different, and even opposed visions of life that. The translation is based on the version of the work in De otio religioso di Francesco Petrarca, edited by Giuseppe Rotondi, Studi e Testi

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The De otio was written between February 11 and March 29,shortly after the poet visited his brother Gherardo in the Carthusian monastery of Otiio.

De vita solitaria and De otio religioso: Like most medieval authors, Saint- Thierry rarely quotes his authors, especially if they were pagan. Above all, however, he studies the various facets of the De otio: This translation can be integrated into courses in medieval intellectual history and literary theory and could also be rdligioso along other works of Petrarch, Dante, and Boccaccio.

He will not follow the monastic life and he will not venture on the journey. Rather, it urges us to turn our eyes toward the marvels of creation and discover in them the existence of God. It is neither your fault nor our merit, but only the favor of God which has done this [].

Like Franciscus in Secretum The Secrethe longs for glory. However, she gives no rationale for such a division. Gherardo and his order represented the monastic form of solitude, the al- ternative to the lay solitude Petrarch celebrated in his works and letters.


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Traditionally, this verset was used by the theologians to exhort to contemplation. Cranz argued, this was an intellectual and rhetorical operation not unusual to Petrarch, who systematically subverted the notions he took from authorities such as Augustine, Cicero, or Seneca. Petrarch’s two contemplative works, De vita solitaria and De otio religiosoare often regarded as different, and even opposed visions of life that reveal the different existential choices of the sons of ser Petracco: Most important, the translation is enriched with an erudite and illuminating introduction by Ronald Witt.

Since the solitary and the monk had the common goal of virtue, then religious and secular otia could not differ in principle: Religioo debatable commonplace about DOR is that it praises the religious life in opposition to secular life. Click here to sign up. So leave others to rejoice in their purple robes, marble palaces, fleeting power, empty honours, pleasant amusements, and all the trappings over which rsligioso citizens of Babylon gloat.

The uniqueness of this treatise cannot be fully understood with- out placing it in context with the other works Petrarch wrote between andparticularly De vita solitaria The Life of Solitude. A way otoi salvation passing through worldly experience is possible. First, Otjo is very concerned with identifying the relevant sources from which Petrarch had quoted or to which he referred in his treatise. The read- ing presented here takes these works into account to show an ideological coherence that would otherwise be missing were De otio religioso taken as an isolated piece of literature.

De otio religioso

Psalm 45 is a hymn to Jerusalem, which, freed after a siege, be- came a stronghold for his inhabitants. The many appearances entice the guest during his journey, but his status as stranger may also fortify him in confronting the secret plays of power that continuously surround him. The present religiozo is based on the edition by Giuseppe Rotondi Vatican City, Take time on earth, and you will see in heaven.


As in his De vita solitariaPetrarch sought to legitimate his manner of life by envisioning the otium practised in Vaucluse as ogio with the otium first identified with the monastic life by Augustine.

In opposition to this interpretation, this paper illustrates that De otio religioso presents a humanist approach to religious solitude and introduces a new perspective on monastic spiritual activity. In any case, the De otio did not prove popular with later Humanists, a tendency evidently still manifest in the modern obscurity of the work. The De Otio Religioso Petrarch. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Monicus seeks estrange- ment from the world to sing divine chants. In so doing, Petrarch implies the valid- ity of classical authors for meditation on intellectual and moral virtues, and he revealed his prevailing interest in moral philosophy. The core notion Petrarch rsligioso from mysti- cal theology and applied to virtue was the notion that man cannot know God but can only love Him: