The Idea of Imitating Antiquity During the Renaissance

In this essay, I will first define two different variations of imitation through a close study of two letters by Angelo Poliziano and Paolo Cortesi in the mid-1480s. In the light of these definitions, I will explain Petrarch’s idea of imitating antiquity by taking a look at his speech from his self-coronation in 1341. Furthermore, I will explain the idea of using imitation to influence politician Cola di Rienzo during his revolution in 1347. Finally, I will end my essay by summarizing my findings in order to answer the question of what was meant by the idea of imitating antiquity during the Renaissance.

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