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Apocalypse in RomeCola di Rienzo and the Politics of the New Age$
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Ronald Musto

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233966

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233966.001.0001

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Education, Profession, and Family

Education, Profession, and Family

(p.34) Chapter 2 Education, Profession, and Family
Apocalypse in Rome

Ronald G. Musto

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the education, profession, and family of Cola di Rienzo. Cola's education probably involved “reading the Psalter,” which was also used to teach the alphabet, syllabication, groups of prayers, and often psalms. Cola would have set himself up in a small shop upon earning his license. The public office of the notary would bring Cola di Rienzo and his skills into quite another world. Given Cola's own sense of style and the beauty of the diplomatic and other letters that survive from his reign, it is clear that he would not have been satisfied with anyone but the best available notary to represent both Rome and his new government. Cola and Livia had at least two sons. Cola appears indifferent to the names, number, and sometimes even the fate of his children.

Keywords:   Cola di Rienzo, education, family, public office, profession, Rome, Livia

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