The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Coppo di Borghese Domenichi Character Analysis

Coppo di Borghese Domenichi appears in the introduction to Fiammetta’s fifth tale (V, 9). Coppo was a historical Florentine statesman whom Giovanni Boccaccio knew and admired. His brief biography in this tale illustrates the qualities of a good nobleman and a good storyteller, which Boccaccio aspires to be in composing The Decameron. His outstanding character outshines his noble lineage, demonstrating the importance of character rather than external circumstance in determining a person’s true class and worth.

Coppo di Borghese Domenichi Quotes in The Decameron

The The Decameron quotes below are all either spoken by Coppo di Borghese Domenichi or refer to Coppo di Borghese Domenichi. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Day 5: Ninth Tale Quotes

You are to know, then, that Coppo di Borghese Domenichi, who once used to live in our city and possibly lives there still, one of the most highly respected men of our century, a person worthy of eternal fame, who achieved his position of pre-eminence by dint of his character and abilities rather than by his noble lineage, frequently took pleasure in his declining years in discussing incidents from the past with his neighbors and other folk. In this pastime he excelled all others, for he was far more coherent, possessed a superior memory, and spoke with greater eloquence.

Related Characters: Fiammetta (speaker), Coppo di Borghese Domenichi, Boccaccio
Page Number: 425-426
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Coppo di Borghese Domenichi Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Coppo di Borghese Domenichi appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 5: Ninth Tale
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...the hands of fortune and her arbitrary whims. Her story comes from the repertoire of Coppo di Borghese Domenichi , a well-respected Florentine gentleman who was particularly gifted at telling stories of the past... (full context)