Adonis: The Myth of the Dying God in the Italian Renaissance by Carlo Caruso PDF

By Carlo Caruso

ISBN-10: 1780932146

ISBN-13: 9781780932149

During this exact therapy of the parable of Adonis in post-Classical occasions, Carlo Caruso presents an summary 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 basic define of the myth's fortunes within the Early glossy age, the e-book additionally addresses 3 issues of basic curiosity, on which many of the unique study incorporated 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 delusion by way of 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 aid their legitimacy in regards to the throne of France.

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Ambrosio mox rore comam diffundit et unda Idalia corpus lavit incompertaque verba Murmurat ore super supremaque et oscula iungit. Ambrosium sensit rorem coma, sensit et undam Idaliam corpus divinaque verba loquentis; Haeserunt terrae crines riguitque capillus Protenta in radice et recto in stipite corpus, Lanugo in teneras abiit mollissima frondes, In florem candor, in ramos brachia et ille, Ille decor tota diffusus in arbore risit; Vulnificos spinae referunt in cortice dentes, Crescit et in patulas aphrodisia citrius umbras.

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.

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. The metamorphosis of Adonis as a symbol of life’s perpetual renewal appeared to him to be uniquely enshrined in a distinctive feature of such trees – that of being, in Pontano’s own words, ‘always graced with new fruits, blossoms and leaves’ throughout the whole year (Hort. Hesp. 80 Even more remarkable is the imagery conveyed by a text chronologically closer to the Horti Hesperidum, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499).

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