Giovanni Boccaccio


Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) was an Italian poet, writer, and scholar. His most famous and influential work is the Decameron, completed by 1353, in which his ten characters present 100 tales of everyday life. The book covers all manner of secular themes and gives a vivid description of the Black Death, which had just hit Boccaccio's home region of Tuscany.

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  • 1313 - 1375
    Life of the Italian poet, writer, and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio.
  • c. 1328
    Giovanni Boccaccio is sent by his father to study in Naples.
  • 1335 - 1341
    Giovanni Boccaccio writes his first poetry work, including Diana's Hunt, The Lovestruck, and Teseida.
  • c. 1340
    Giovanni Boccaccio returns to Florence.
  • 1347 - 1352
    The Black Death plague sweeps across Europe.
  • 1350
    The Italian authors and scholars Petrarch and Giovanni Boccaccio first meet. They become lifelong friends.
  • c. 1353
    Giovanni Boccaccio completes his masterpiece, the Decameron.
  • 1355
    Giovanni Boccaccio writes a biography of Dante Alighieri. He revises the work in 1364 CE.
  • c. 1360
    Giovanni Boccaccio works on his Ancestry of the Pagan Gods (Genealogia Deorum Gentilium).
  • 1373
    Giovanni Boccaccio gives a series of public lectures in Florence on the work of Dante Alighieri.
  • 21 Dec 1375
    Giovanni Boccaccio dies in Certaldo, Tuscany. nn