THE SIEGE OF FLORENCE

While Renaissance intellectuals where already rediscovering the work of Roman authors, the politicians of Florence only caught up when they were on the brink of total destruction in a war against Milan (the painting depicted as actually another war against Milan a century or so later)


Shocked by the defeat, they came to believe that ancient Roman ideas about how to run a state effectively were superior to their own politics, which created a culture in which education became highly valued among rulers. This movement is today called civic humanism.




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