Giovanni Boccaccio

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The facts concerning the life of Giovanni Boccaccio are for the most part doubtful. However, when it comes to speaking about chronological questions, they are seldom argued by scholars. Giovanni Boccaccio was born in 1313, but there is some uncertainty surrounding the place of his birth.


Boccaccio was brought being a tiny baby to Florence, however there is uncertainty concerning this fact, as his father married in Margherita di Gian Donato de' Martoli in 1314 and scholars are not sure whether Giovanni accompanied him. (Hutton, E. 10)
Giovanni Boccaccio spent his boyhood in the hills about Settignago in the woods above the Mensola and the valley of the Affrico. There is little information available regarding his early years. According to the writings of Giovanni1, he was able to read and write at the age of seven, further with Giovanni di Domenico Mazzuoli da Strada he began the study of grammar. (Hutton, E. 12) After that Giovanni was set to study Mathematics and the more he knew about accounting and bookkeeping, the more he hated it. Still hoping to see the son prosperous in a classical way, Giovanni's father sent him Naples to become a merchant. Giovanni writes later, that "If my father had dealt wisely with me I might have been among the great poets." (Hutton, E. 19) Either this way or the other, Giovanni ended up studying law, which, as it seems, he enjoyed no more then banking. The studying of the law allowed him to establish good contact with students. Humanists Barbato da Sulmona and Giovanni Barrili, and the theologian Dionigi da San Sepolcro should be emphasized when it comes to speaking about the early influences of Boccaccio. ...
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