Boccaccii mulieres

Boccaccio’s Famous Women

Live on-line Course, May 12th – June 4th, 2020

Boccaccio’s Famous Women (De mulieribus claris) is the first collection of biographies devoted exclusively to women. In this Live On-line Course we will focus on this Latin work and will read some surprising biographies, such as those of Thisbe (Pyramus’s beloved), Rhea Ilia (Vestal virgin), Leaena (prostitute), Flora (prostitute, goddess of Flowers and wife of Zephyrus), Cleopatra (Queen of Egypt), Symiamira (Elagabalus’ mother), Joan (Englishwoman and Pope), Camiola (Sienese widow) and others. Sessions, conducted entirely in Latin, have also been tailored to the interests of teachers, students, and devotees of humanistic disciplines world wide. This Course is an ideal opportunity for both students and expert Latinists worldwide who share a passion for Renaissance literature.


Schedule Topic
Tuesday, 12th May, 2020; 17:30-18:45 (UTC+2) De operibus Latinis Iohannis Boccaccii de Certaldo
Thursday, 14th May, 2020; 17:30-18:45 (UTC+2) “In eximiam muliebris sexus laudem ac amicorum solatium”
Tuesday, 19th May, 2020; 17:30-18:45 (UTC+2) De Paulina Romana femina
Thursday, 21st May, 2020; 17:30-18:45 (UTC+2) De Iohanna Anglica Papa
Tuesday, 26th May, 2020; 17:30-18:45 (UTC+2) De Camilla Volscorum regina
Thursday, 28th May, 2020; 17:30-18:45 (UTC+2) De Leena meretrice
Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020; 17:30-18:45 (UTC+2) De Nycostrata seu Carmenta Yonii regis filia (Pars I.)
Thursday, 4th June, 2020; 17:30-18:45 (UTC+2) De Nycostrata seu Carmenta Yonii regis filia (Pars II.)




Giuseppe Marcellino

Intended course audience

Teachers, students and scholars of the ancient world.


Online, using Zoom as a platform




Intermediate or advanced

Professional development credit

At the end of the course, a certificate of participation will be issued.


70 €


Once enrolled, you will be placed on the participants’ list and you will be sent an email with the necessary login information for your course. A recording of each lesson will be available for three days from the conclusion of each session.

Lesson materials

Lesson materials will be distributed during the lesson to deepen our exploration of the themes for the course.