Women, Education, and the Classics in the Italian Renaissance

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020. 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT. ICCC Houston, 1101 Milford St., Houston, TX 77006. Lecture by Francesca D'Alessandro Behr. During the Renaissance, the advent of the printing press promoted the spreading of books, the standardization of Italian and alphabetization.

Moreover, after 1540 in Italy, translations and adaptations of classical texts were increasingly more available and reached a wider audience of readers intellectually curious but untrained in classical languages and not tied to canonical places of learning such as the university or the church. Women were among these new readers. Some of them became writers who displayed in their publications a re-elaboration of ideas obtained from the classics. 

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SOURCE: Italian Cultural & Community Center

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