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The oration "Audivi / Magnae saepe res" of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (18 October 1436, Basel). 4th ed.
Michael Cotta-Schønberg 1
(2013-03)

This publication contains the Latin text and English translation of Enea Silvio Piccolomini's oration Audivi to the Council of Basel on May 15, 1436, concerning the choice of venue for the reunion Council between the Latin Church and the Greek Church. The speaker argued for the city of Pavia in the territory of the Duke of Milan. The oration reflected the tensions between conciliarism and the papacy, between the European countries, and between the Italian powers including the Papal State. Piccolomini used the occasion to demonstrate his rhetorical skills and humanist learning to the Council fathers. In addition to the main subject, the oration touches upon issues that are also of interest in other contexts, e.g. the humanist debate on the origins of the Turks.
1:  University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen
Humanities and Social Sciences/History, philosophy and sociology
Enea Silvio Piccolomini – Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini – Æneas Silvius Piccolomini – Pope Pius II – Pope Eugene IV – Pope Eugenius IV – Duke Filippo Maria Visconti – Duke Philip Mary Visconti – Milan – Venice – Genoa – The Papacy – The Papal States – Conciliarism – The Council of Basle – The Council of Basel – Pavia – The Renaissance – Italian humanism – France – King Charles VII – origin of the Turks
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