By Carlo Caruso
During this distinctive therapy 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 fantasy a distinct position within the Early smooth revival of Classical mythology. whereas aiming to supply this common define of the myth's fortunes within the Early smooth age, the e-book additionally addresses 3 issues of fundamental curiosity, on which many of the unique learn incorporated within the paintings has been carried out. First, the myth's earliest major revival within the age of Italian Humanism, and especially within the poetry of the good Latin poet and humanist Giovanni Pontano. Secondly, the diffusion of syncretistic interpretations of the Adonis delusion through authoritative sixteenth-century mythological encyclopaedias. Thirdly, the allegorical/political use of the Adonis delusion in G.B. Marino's (1569-1625) Adone, released in Paris in 1623 to have fun the Bourbon dynasty and to help their legitimacy with reference to the throne of France.
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The name of Virgil, whose tomb tradition located in nearby Posillipo, is evoked first (Hort. Hesp. 26). 83 This declaration is the prelude to an even greater surprise. 84 No explicit reference to any previous An ancient myth revisited: Adonis as citrus tree 19 mythological tradition is given, although the Ovidian subtext would have automatically come to mind. At a single stroke Pontano obliterated Ovid’s version of the myth and replaced it with a brand new aition – which he characteristically obtained by borrowing from Ovid himself, for he saw no impediment in drawing on the death of Adonis as narrated in Met.
16 Sannazaro’s fantasy about a garland woven from orange leaves had indeed become the ambition of many a fellow poet. The pitfalls of inventiveness How, one wonders, could a legacy of such scope be dissipated and eventually lost? As anticipated at the outset of this chapter, Pontano’s own prowess may paradoxically have played a counterproductive role in the process. Pontano’s poetic gifts were not easily matched; nor were his particular cast of mind and inventiveness, so unflinchingly committed to courting transgression.
Ovidian Nux (Walnut Tree) and entitled Conquestio Phillidis (The Lament of Phyllis), topically lists plants evoking mythological reminiscences; and there the tree of Myrrha with ‘Adonis in her bosom’ closely follows the citrus trees of Gaeta. Medica caiete scopuloso in litore poma crescant. Iudeus balsama rara colat. Dactilus ex nudo procedat robore palme, ac humilem curvent grandia poma citrum. 71 (147–52) Let the apples from Media grow on the rocky shores of Gaeta. Let the Jew tend rare balsams.