The Complete Writings of an Italian Heretic
A brilliant scholar and one of the finest writers of her day, Olympia Morata (1526-1555) was attacked by some as a "Calvinist Amazon" but praised by others as an inspiration to all learned women. This book publishes, for the first time, all her known writings—orations, dialogues, letters, and poems—in an accessible English translation.
Raised in the court of Ferrara in Italy, Morata was educated alongside the daughters of the nobility. As a youth she gave public lectures on Cicero, wrote commentaries on Homer, and composed poems, dialogues, and orations in both Latin and Greek. She also became a prominent Protestant evangelical, studying the Bible extensively and corresponding with many of the leading theologians of the Reformation. After fleeing to Germany in search of religious freedom, Morata tutored students in Greek and composed what many at the time felt were her finest works—a series of translations of the Psalms into Greek hexameters and sapphics.
Feminists and historians will welcome these collected writings from one of the most important female humanists of the sixteenth century.
Editors' Introduction to the Series
Key to Abbreviations
Introduction: Olympia Fulvia Morata (1526/27-55)
I. Olympia Morata: Works and Letters
Juvenilia: Ferrara, c. 1539-41, Age 12-14
II. Writings about Olympia Morata or in Honor of Her
Letters after the Death of Olympia Morata
Poems in Honor of Olympia Morata Written during Her Lifetime
Epitaphs by Learned Men
Volume Editor's Bibliography
Series Editors' Bibliography
Biblical References Index
Classical References Index
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