PetrarchIn existographies, Petrarch (1304-1374) (IQ:175|#240) (Cattell 1000:52) [RGM:158|1,500+] (RMS:15) (CR:15) or Francesco Petrarca, was an Italian scholar, poet, and philosopher, regarded by humanists as their first master (Walsh, 1998), noted for []. [3]

In 1341, Petrarch, in his epic poem Africa (Ѻ), he equated Apollo, son of Zeus and slayer of Python, to Christ, son of god and slayer of Satan. [5]

In 1345, Petrarch, after years of searching in monasteries and libraries, found a volume of the lost letters of Cicero. [1] Some have credited this with initiating the renaissance (compare: Poggio Bracciolini). Petrarch, supposedly, had a list of books, among with Cicero's On the Nature of the Gods, was one of his favorites.

Dark ages
Petrarch, supposedly, was the first to originate the concept of the dark ages. [2]

“Amidst the errors there shone forth men of genius; no less keen were their eyes, although they were surrounded by darkness and dense gloom.”
— Petrarch (1367), Defense Against the Calumnies of an Anonymous Frenchman


Quotes | By
The following are noted quotes:

“Written in the land of the living; on the right bank of the Adige, in Verona, in the year of that god whom you never knew the 1345th.”
— Petrarch (1345), signoff to a letter; compare: Paine dating system [1]

“If anyone who wanders all day arrives toward evening, it is enough.”
— Petrarch (c.1374), Publication; quoted fondly by Arthur Schopenhauer (c.1860) near his reaction end (death) [4]

1. Hecht, Jennifer M. (2003). Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas (Cicero letter, pg. 262; year of that god, pg. 269). HarperOne.
2. Mommsen, Theodore E. (1942). “Petrarch's Conception of the 'Dark Ages'”, Speculum, 17.2:226–42, Apr.
3. Cicero. (45BC). The Nature of the Gods (Introduction, translation, and notes: Patrick Walsh) (Varro, pg. xxvi; perpetuate, pg. xxvi; Voltaire, pg. xliv). Oxford University Press, 1998.
4. Haught, James A. (1996). 2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People with the Courage to Doubt (§25: Schopenhauer, pgs. 112-14). Prometheus.
5. Boyle, Majorie. (1991). Petrarch’s Genius: Pentimento and Prophecy (pgs. 32-33). University of California Press.

External links
Petrarch – Wikipedia.

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