Petrarch Timeline

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  • 1304 - 1374
    Life of the Italian poet and scholar Petrarch.
  • 20 Jul 1304
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch is born in Arezzo, Italy.
  • 1316
    The Italian scholar and poet Petrarch studies law in Montpellier, France.
  • 1320
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch studies law in Bologna, Italy.
  • 1333
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch rediscovers Cicero's 'lost' Pro Archia in Liège.
  • 1336
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch compiles an edition of works by Virgil.
  • 1337
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch works as a clerk at the Papal court in Avignon.
  • 8 Apr 1341
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch is crowned Poet Laureate in Rome.
  • c. 1343
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch completes his Secretum meum.
  • 1345
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch rediscovers Cicero's 'lost' Letters to Atticus in Verona.
  • 1346
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch writes his De Vita Solitaria (On the Solitary Life).
  • 1347
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch writes his De Otio Religioso (On Holy Retreat).
  • 1350
    The Italian authors and scholars Petrarch and Giovanni Boccaccio first meet. They become lifelong friends.
  • 1351 - 1374
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch works on his allegorical poem Trionfi (Triumphs).
  • 1367
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch moves to Arquà outside Padua.
  • 1370
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch suffers a stroke in Ferrara.
  • Jul 1374
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch dies at his desk in his home outside Padua.