Renaiss. Q. volume 72, issue 1, P239-241 2019 DOI: 10.1017/rqx.2018.14 View full text
David Marsh

Abstract: mythological excursus on the goddesses who lend their names to the planets. In doing so, Pontano follows the model of Virgil's Georgics, since Pontano lightens the arid astronomic subject matter of his work with the help of erudite and amusing myths. The mix between astronomy and mythology aims to produce in the readers of the Urania the poetic effect of "astonishment" (admiratio), theorized by Pontano in the dialogue entitled Actius. Weh's fourth chapter deals with the poem's complex composition and its diffe…

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