Renaiss. Q. volume 72, issue 1, P241-242 2019 DOI: 10.1017/rqx.2018.15 View full text
Paul Richard Blum

Abstract: couplets. In the humble setting of Quinquennius (87 hexameters), a mother named Pelvina comforts her "five-year-old" son, assuring him that he is safe from thunderstorms and the Bogeyman (Orcus), in a scene that presumably pays tribute to Pontano's wife, Adriana, and young son, Lucio. Tufano exhaustively illuminates the semantics and subtexts of these complex poems, and displays impressive sensibility to the Latin tradition in distinguishing their various registers: classical echoes of Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, an…

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