Giovanni Boccaccio

1313 - 1375

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Giovanni Boccaccio (UK: , US: , Italian: [dʒoˈvanni bokˈkattʃo]; 16 June 1313 – 21 December 1375) was an Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. Born in the town of Certaldo, he became so well known as a writer that he was sometimes simply known as "the Certaldese" and one of the most important figures in the European literary panorama of the fourteenth century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giovanni Boccaccio has received more than 1,744,781 page views. His biography is available in 109 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 100 in 2019). Giovanni Boccaccio is the 28th most popular writer (down from 27th in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from Italy (up from 29th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Writer.

Giovanni Boccaccio is most famous for his collection of short stories, The Decameron.

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Notable Works

Bibliography, Catalan language, Catalan literature
Translations into English, Italian poetry
Vita di Dante
Biography, Italian Authors, Italian Poets
Il Decamerone
Fiction, History, Plague
Forty-six lives
Biography, Early works to 1800, History
The Decameron or Ten Days' Entertainment of Boccaccio
Fiction, History, Plague
Fantasy, Italian old world romantic entertainments


Among writers, Giovanni Boccaccio ranks 28 out of 7,302Before him are Honoré de Balzac, Aesop, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ovid, Rumi, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. After him are Denis Diderot, Agatha Christie, Horace, Ernest Hemingway, Alexandre Dumas, and Anne Frank.

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Among people born in 1313, Giovanni Boccaccio ranks 1After him are Cola di Rienzo, Bartolus de Saxoferrato, Emperor Kōgon, Ibn al-Khatib, Maria of Portugal, Queen of Castile, Isabella of Valois, Duchess of Bourbon, and Constantine III, King of Armenia. Among people deceased in 1375, Giovanni Boccaccio ranks 1After him are Valdemar IV of Denmark, Philip, Duke of Orléans, Stephen II, Duke of Bavaria, Liu Bowen, Ibn al-Shatir, Eleanor of Sicily, Shuttarna II, John Henry, Margrave of Moravia, James IV of Majorca, Charles III, Count of Alençon, and Margaret Drummond, Queen of Scotland.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giovanni Boccaccio ranks 27 out of 5,161Before him are Nero (37), Caravaggio (1571), Petrarch (1304), Amerigo Vespucci (1454), Ovid (-43), and Marcus Aurelius (121). After him are Sandro Botticelli (1445), Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768), Caligula (12), Alessandro Volta (1745), Horace (-65), and Parmenides (-501).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Giovanni Boccaccio ranks 5Before him are Dante Alighieri (1265), Virgil (-70), Petrarch (1304), and Ovid (-43). After him are Horace (-65), Giacomo Casanova (1725), Umberto Eco (1932), Giorgio Vasari (1511), Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Plautus (-254), and Cato the Elder (-243).