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Oration "Audivi" given by Enea Silvio Piccolomini on 18 October 1436, Basel


Cotta-Schönberg, Johan Michael von

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Abstract 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.
Keywords pope; France; humanism; Renaissance
Classification General History
Free Keywords 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 Basel; The Council of Basel; Pavia; The Renaissance; Italian humanism; France; King Charles VII; origin of the Turks
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Edition 4
City Copenhagen
Page/Pages 186 p.
Series Orations of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (Pius 2), 1
Status Primary Publication; not reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-ShareAlike