Italian priest, humanist, rhetorician and orator Lorenzo Valla circulated in manuscript De falso credita et ementita Constantini Donatione declamatio, proving on. Lorenzo Valla () was the leading theorist of the Renaissance humanist movement. In On the Donation of Constantine he uses new philological. Lorenzo Valla () was the most important theorist of the humanist movement. His most famous work is On the Donation of Constantine, an oration in.

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But a pagan emperor could not do such a thing.

The English Historical Review 10 The lorenzl, secular and church, refer to the rule of Constantine in the same way as we would expect if there was no transfer of authority.

Later, scholars further demonstrated that other elements, such as Sylvester’s curing of Constantine, are legends which originated at a later time. There is evidence that Constantine ruled the West to the end of his reign; none that Sylvester did so.

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The Donation of Constantine and the critique of Lorenzo Valla

Ultimately Valla entered Papal service himself. At the donaiton of 27 he was in Naples and the king of Naples, Alfonso V, made him his secretary.


As a specialist of Latin translation, he made countless suggestions to improve upon Petrarch ‘s study of Livy. It is indeed hard to see why a man a pagan a few hours ago would think of this as the most natural and terrible threat to offer.

Lorenzo Valla

The Stoics were close if not identical to Plato regarding virtue. Some of this involves an argument from silence, but taken with the coin record, has validity.

All the older biographical notices of Valla are loaded with long accounts of his many literary and theological disputes, the most famous constantinne which was the one with Poggiowhich took place after his settlement in Rome.

In this part of the treatise, which also circulated independently under the title Emendationes in T.

Retrieved from ” https: Valla was born in Rome. His family was from Piacenza ; his father, Luciave della Valla, was a lawyer who worked at the papal court. For the painting inspired by the decree, see The Donation of Constantine painting.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The historians do not mention the change of administration.

On the Donation of Constantine — Lorenzo Valla | Harvard University Press

Based on legends that date back to the 5th century, the Donation was composed by an unknown writer in the 8th century. Political origins In Holy Roman Empire: Wikisource has original text related to this article: Why would an authentic document make a mistake of such a simple nature?


An English translation donagion published for Thomas Cromwell in But perhaps his scribe did?

His dialogue on pleasure contrasted the views of the Stoics and the Epicureans, Valla siding with the Epicureans, although Stoicism was traditional among Christians. Retrieved from ” https: Cosntantine consensus view is that the Donation was written in the s or s by a cleric of the Lateran in Rome, possibly with the knowledge of Pope Stephen II or III; — if the earlier date is correct. Donatio Constantini is a forged Roman imperial decree by which the 4th-century emperor Constantine the Great supposedly transferred authority over Rome and the western part of the Roman Empire to the Pope.

Valla’s critique contains large conxtantine of objective points, which bear out his assessement. He lectured in various cities. There his enemies were numerous and powerful, and he saved his life by fleeing in disguise to Barcelona, and from there he returned to Naples.

The document known to us as the Donation of Constantine is one of the most famous medieval forgeries.