Renaissance Humanism Timeline

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  • c. 1319
    The Italian poet Dante Alighieri completes his epic the Divine Comedy.
  • 1333
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch rediscovers Cicero's 'lost' Pro Archia in Li├Ęge.
  • 1336
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch compiles an edition of works by Virgil.
  • 1345
    The Italian poet and scholar Petrarch rediscovers Cicero's 'lost' Letters to Atticus in Verona.
  • c. 1353
    Giovanni Boccaccio completes his masterpiece, the Decameron.
  • c. 1360
    Giovanni Boccaccio works on his Ancestry of the Pagan Gods (Genealogia Deorum Gentilium).
  • 1453
    De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) by Nicolaus Copernicus is published.
  • 1500
    Desiderius Erasmus produces his Adagiorum Collectanea, an annotated collection of Greek and Latin adages. It is revised in 1508 and 1515 CE.
  • 1512
    The Dutch Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus publishes his On Copia which teaches students how to argue, revise texts, and produce new ones.
  • 1516
    Sir Thomas More's 'Utopia' is published.
  • 1516
    The Dutch Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus publishes his Latin and Greek translation of the New Testament (Novum instrumentum).