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By Carlo Caruso

ISBN-10: 1780932146

ISBN-13: 9781780932149

During this exact remedy of the parable of Adonis in post-Classical instances, Carlo Caruso presents an outline of the most texts, either literary and scholarly, in Latin and within the vernacular, which secured for the Adonis fable a special position within the Early glossy revival of Classical mythology. whereas aiming to supply this common define of the myth's fortunes within the Early sleek age, the publication additionally addresses 3 issues of basic curiosity, on which many of the unique study integrated within the paintings has been performed. First, the myth's earliest major revival within the age of Italian Humanism, and especially within the poetry of the nice Latin poet and humanist Giovanni Pontano. Secondly, the diffusion of syncretistic interpretations of the Adonis fantasy by way of authoritative sixteenth-century mythological encyclopaedias. Thirdly, the allegorical/political use of the Adonis fantasy in G.B. Marino's (1569-1625) Adone, released in Paris in 1623 to have fun the Bourbon dynasty and to help their legitimacy in regards to the throne of France.

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G. 133–4) No wind can shake its foliage, and its flower clings as tenaciously. Not only the poems of Virgil but also those liminary texts that traditionally complemented them in both manuscripts and early printed editions, such as the poet’s ancient biographies, may have been part and parcel of this allusive game. 76 Might not Pontano’s citrus trees look like an embodiment of that fabulous plant, as well as an appropriation of its symbology? This last supposition may sound excessively bold. It would however chime with a further decisive detail, which made Pontano’s association of the Adonis myth with citrus trees not only persuasive but also compelling.

81 The awestruck tone of these descriptions shows wonder for a natural occurrence that seemed to make dreams of a fantasy world concrete. 82 But without the courtyard … is a great orchard of four acres … Therein grow trees, tall and luxuriant, pears and pomegranates and apple-trees with their bright fruit, and sweet figs, and luxuriant olives. Of these the fruit perishes not nor fails in winter or in summer, but lasts throughout the year; and ever does the west wind, as it blows, quicken to life some fruits, and ripen others; pear upon pear waxes ripe, apple upon apple, cluster upon cluster, and fig upon fig.

21 But in the 1520s, when Pontano had been dead for over twenty years and Bembo was deeply engaged in a violent debate that threatened his position as the most influential man of letters in Italy, there was very little time left for pleasantries. 22 The piece met with lukewarm reactions – more was evidently expected of a man of Bembo’s calibre. The assessment offered by Giraldi is once again illuminating, and the particular flavour of his account, with its nuances and aftertastes, can be fully relished against the fictional setting as well as the prolonged gestation of his text, for there one can distinctively perceive the changing trends and moods that characterized the Italian humanist world of the 1510s and 1520s.

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