A Tribute To The City Of Florence — страница 3

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outstanding is every sort of excellence? than Rome (29b-30a). ?Their dominion was equal to the entire world, and they governed with the greatest competence;? these traits are also true of the Florentine people (30a). Bruni feels that if the ?magnificence of the parents can also make the sons outstanding, then no people in the entire world can be as worthy of dignity as are the Florentines? (30a). In addition, it is said that ?no one will ever think that he really lacks a homeland so long as the city of Florence continues to exist? (34b). The Florentines welcome exiles, and even help them with gifts and money (34b-35a). In contrast, Pitti speaks at one time of ?a henchman of the clique in power in Florence who was in the habit of insulting Florentine exiles to their faces whenever

he met them? (Pitti 32). Bruni gives off a totally different image of the people. Bruni adds that a huge trait that makes Florence so great is that it ?has never tolerated injuries to other cities, nor has it ever allowed itself to be an idle onlooker while other states were in trouble? (35a). An opposing opinion believes that ?renaissance Florence was inhabited by individuals who placed the greatest importance upon visible, tangible, material objectives, and who thought first of themselves and their own interests? (Brucker 16). In addition, Pitti adds that his ?own impression is that we have grown arrogant and careless? (Pitti 74). Bruni believes that ?Florence greatly excels beyond all other cities in the dignity and nobility of its origin? (32a). The government Bruni speaks of

is a fair and impartial system that only increases the greatness of Florence. In conclusion, Bruni has full confidence that ?once this magnificent and splendid city is seen, it dispels all doubts about its greatness and converts former disbelievers to the truth? (27a). There are obviously many reasons why Florence is a wonderful city, but according to Pitti and Dati there is nothing about the city as amazing as Bruni makes it out to be. Bruni never truly speaks of the ?combination of misfortunes–wars, internal upheavals, pestilence, famine–which seriously damaged the economy? (Brucker 13). Pitti and Dati were not writing for the sole reason of praising Florence, but they also do not go out of their way to mention its many qualities. Unfortunately, Bruni never writes directly

about money or business, whereas most of what Pitti and Dati write about are only those subjects. Overall, Bruni offers a much different perspective of Florence in his Panegyric to the City of Florence, than the views Pitti and Dati offer in their diaries.