The Black Death was a deadly outbreak of the plague that arrived in Europe in the mid 14th century. The Black death impacted Medieval society immensely, and the outlook of the people was changed permanently. In the words of Boccaccio in his Decameron that: "...practices contrary to the former habits of the citizens would hardly … Continue reading Are the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales closer in outlook to Greek and Roman literature than they are to Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature?
Horace was a Roman poet who lived in the first century BC. Horace was previously an officer of the republican army defeated at Philippi in 42 BC, then switched sides after the battle when befriended by one of Augustus Caesar's trusted men; Maecenas. Horace later became a state-funded bureaucrat. Horace was obsessed with the concept … Continue reading Horace’s concept of personal ethical cause and effect