Giovanni Boccaccio

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Giovani Boccaccio (1313-1375) was the greatest of Petrarch's disciples and an important renaissance humanist in his own right. He was a great scholar of the classics, especially Tacitus and Livy. His own works included On Famous Women and the Decameron. His greatest legacy is, however, his poems in the vernacular. In later life he turned to Christianity and repudiated many of his earlier works.