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Unformatted text preview: during this time. 2) Rather than hiring someone else to copy one of Cicero's books, Petrarch has undertaken this laborious task himself. What benefit(s) does Petrarch claim to have derived from the act of personally handcopying Cicero's book? By copying each individual book not only does Petrarch gain self satisfaction but he also is able to learn and understanding Ciceros book better than if he had hired someone. In his letter to Lapo de Castiglionchio he states that there are very few who understand Ciceros work and felt like he was doing a duty to society by copying Ciceros work over. Even though he is short on money and time, he believes that this cause has great importance to not only him but the rest of his society....
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- Spring '06