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Being Selections from the First Nine Books of the Croniche Fiorentine of Giovanni Villani

Translated by Rose E. Selfe


Edited by Philip H. Wicksteed M.A.

London Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd. 1906


Carefully Revised

Ditemi dell' ovil di San Giovanni Quanto era allora, e chi eran le genti Tra esso degne di più alti scanni



The Editor is responsible for the selection of the passages translated, and for the Introduction. He has also compared the translation with the original text, has satisfied himself of its general accuracy, and has made numerous suggestions.

The Translator is responsible for the fidelity of the translation in detail, and for its general tone and style. She has also drawn up the Indexes, and seen the work through the press.

For the selection of marginal references to the works of Dante the Editor and Translator are jointly responsible.

Both Translator and Editor desire to express their obligations to Mr. A.J. Butler, who has given them his ungrudging assistance in every difficulty, and whose learning and judgment have been invaluable.





This book is called the New Chronicle, in which many past things are treated of, and especially the root and origins of the city of Florence; then all the changes through which it has passed and shall pass in the course of time: begun to be compiled in the year of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, 1300. Here begins the preface and the First Book.

§ 1. 1

§ 2. How through the confusion of the Tower of Babel the world began to be inhabited 2

§ 5. Of the third part of the world called Europe, and its boundaries 4

§ 7. How King Atlas first built the city of Fiesole 4

§ 8. How Atlas had three sons, Italus and Dardanus and Sicanus 6

§ 9. How Italus and Dardanus came to agree which should succeed to the city of Fiesole and the kingdom of Italy 7

§ 10. How Dardanus came to Phrygia and built the city of Dardania, which was afterwards the great Troy 8

§ 11. How Dardanus had a son which was named Tritamus, which was the father of Trojus, after whose name the city of Troy was so called 8

§ 17. How Antenor and the young Priam, having departed from Troy, built the city of Venice, and that of Padua 9

§ 21. How Æneas departed from Troy and came to Carthage in Africa 10

§ 22. How Æneas came into Italy 13

§ 23. How the King Latinus ruled over Italy, and how Æneas had his daughter to wife, and all his kingdom 14

§ 29. How Rome was ruled for a long time by the government of the consuls and senators, until Julius Cæsar became Emperor 16

§ 30. How a conspiracy was formed in Rome by Catiline and his followers 18

§ 31. How Catiline caused the city of Fiesole to rebel against the city of Rome 19

§ 32. How Catiline and his followers were discomfited by the Romans in the plain of Piceno 20

§ 33. How Metellus with his troops made war upon the Fiesolans 22

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