Silvae

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Harvard University Press, 2004 - History - 215 pages
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Angelo Poliziano (1454-1494) was one of the great scholar-poets of the Renaissance and a leading figure in the circle of Lorenzo de'Medici "il Magnifico" in Florence. His "Silvae" are poetical introductions to his courses in literature at the University of Florence, written in Latin hexameters. They not only contain some of the finest Latin poetry of the Renaissance, but also afford unique insight into the poetical credo of a brilliant scholar as he considers the works of his Greek and Latin predecessors as well as of his contemporaries writing in Italian.
 

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Contents

Introduction
vii
Manto
2
The Countryman
30
Ambra
68
Nutricia
110
Note on the Text
163
Notes to the Translation
165
Bibliography
205
Index
207
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Born Angelo Ambrogini in Tuscany, he was called Poliziano or Politian after the Latin name of his birthplace. At the Medicean court, Lorenzo the Magnificent was his friend and patron, and Luigi Pulci and Pico della Mirandola were close companions. His important works in the vernacular are La favola di Orfeo (The Fable of Orpheus) (1480), completed in two days, which ranks as the first Italian secular drama, and the Stanze (1475--78), written in celebration of a courtly tournament, with brilliant scenes of people and events.

Charles Fantazzi is Thomas Harriot Distinguished Teaching Professor of Classics and Great Books at East Carolina University.

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