Cino da Pistoia

Cino da Pistoia

Cino da Pistoia, 1270-1337?, Italian jurist and poet, whose full name was Guittoncino dei Sinibaldi, or Sighibuldi. A friend of Dante and Petrarch, he wrote treatises on jurisprudence as well as numerous lyrics and sonnets dealing with the psychology of love. His verse, musical and tender, foreshadows the work of Petrarch. For translations, see D. G. Rossetti, The Early Italian Poets (1904 ed.).
Cino da Pistoia (1270-1336/37) was an Italian jurist and poet.

He was born in Pistoia, Tuscany. His full name was Guittoncino dei Sinibaldi or, latinised, Cinus de Sighibuldis. He received his doctorate from the University of Bologna, where he studied under Dinus de Rossonis, and taught law at the universities of Siena, Florence, Perugia, and Naples. In 1334, he was elected Gonfaloniere of Pistoia, but did not take up the office.

Cino's most important legal work was Lectura in codicem (1312–1314), a commentary on the Justinian Code which blended pure Roman law with contemporary statutes and customary and canon law, thereby initiating Italian common law. He wrote some 200 lyric poems notable for purity of language and harmony of rhythms, most of them dedicated to a woman named Selvaggia. Dante, a friend of his, in De vulgari eloquentia, praised his poetry. Cino was also close to his fellow student Giovanni d'Andrea and was a literary friend of Petrarch.


  • Weimar, Peter (2001). Juristen: ein biographisches Lexikon; von der Antike bis zum 20. Jahrhundert. 2nd edition, München: Beck. ISBN 3406 45957 9.

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