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Giovanni Gioviano Pontano (1426 1503) was an important humanist and scholar of Renaissance Italy, the presiding spirit of the Accademia Pontaniana, and chief minister and tutor to the Aragonese Kings of Naples. He was also the most innovative and versatile Latin poet of Quattrocento Italy. His "Two Books of Hendecasyllables," given the subtitle "Baiae" by their first edito ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published June 30th 2006 by Harvard University Press
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I will confess to being a little disappointed by these verses. I shouldn't be surprised, as they are written in imitation of Catullus, the Roman poet I favor least. Pontano's naughty verses are amusing, but utterly lack the fire of Catullus. But Pontano was obviously a much happier man, and his lines capture something summery and indolent. And shocking, really sometimes more so than Catullus: "Quod sim fuscula, quod nigella, et ipsae/fusco in pectore nigricent papillae, quid tum?" Quid tum, inde ...more
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