1313 - 1375
Italian Author
Giovanni Boccaccio was a poet and scholar who revived Hellenistic learning in Florence and he may be considered one of the early humanists.

Boccaccio spent most of his life in Florence where he wrote the Decameron, a work of earthy tales. He also wrote a book about the life of Petrarch, whom he met in 1350. With Petrarch he established the foundations for the Humanism of the Renaissance and in 1373 he began public readings of Dante's Divine Comedy.

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From the Medieval Sourcebook: Decameron - Introduction