Renæssanceforum 11 • 2016

Marianne Pade
Translating Thucydides: the metadiscourse of Italian humanist translators

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In 1452 Lorenzo Valla finished what became the standard translation of Thucydides for the next several hundred years. Identifying the central themes taken up by Valla in the dedicatory letter to Pope Nicholas V, this article will discuss Valla's letter, as well as his glosses on the translation, in the context of contemporary translation theory. It will also briefly sketch the sixteenth-century reception of Valla's translation.