Giuseppe Cirone

Domenico Cavalca’s volgarizzamento of the Dialogo di sancto Gregorio: First Textual Investigations

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The essay analizes the tradition of Domenico Cavalca’s volgarizzamento of the Dialogo di sancto Gregorio through the canonical phases of the critica textus. All of the witnesses are connected by common errors (􀈦) and they are articulated into two quantitatively more significant families (􀄮 or Florentine tradition and 􀈕 or Sienese tradition, which constitutes the “vulgataµ version of the text) and two other less significant families (􀈖 or recentior tradition and Si4). Two stemmi were developed – one valid for the books I-II and the other for the books III-IV –, distinguished by a different articulation of the subgroups of 􀈕. With regard to the constitutio textus, the branch 􀄮 has been reevaluate, especially the ms. Riccardiano 1322 (mid-14th century), marked by considerable tuscan-occidental linguistic traces and which could be used as a base for a future edition of the text.


  • Mendicant Orders
  • Domenico Cavalca
  • Gregory the Great
  • Dialogi
  • exempla
  • Critical Edition
  • Riccardiano 1322


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