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Leonardo Bruni (1369–1444)

Bruni, Leonardo (brö’nē) surnamed Aretino. A noted Italian humanist; born at Arezzo, 1369; died in Florence, March 9, 1444. He forsook the study of jurisprudence to devote himself wholly to the ancient classics; was secretary to four popes from 1404 to 1415, but then resigned, to write the history of Florence (in 10 books). In reward he was made chancellor of Florence. His principal service to the cause of letters was in translations of Aristotle, Plato, Plutarch, Demosthenes, into Latin. He wrote a Latin comedy. His ‘Epistles’ are of value for the history of his time.