Tordi, Anne Wilson
Anne Wilson Tordi received her bachelor's degree from Barnard College and her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught at Colorado State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the University of North Carolina. In 1997, she published a critical edition of the medieval Italian religious drama, La festa et storia di Sancta Caterina2004 0-7734-6446-8
This work is a critical edition of an Italian poetic version of the legend of Alexander the Great. The Alexandreida in rima was written in the 15th century, and was primarily derived from a 12th century Latin prose version of a Greek romance. Although a versifier of limited abilities, the anonymous Italian compiler perceived that he had, literally, a fabulous tale to tell, and he worked diligently to transform it into ottava rima, the popular poetic form of the time. His poem brought to the Italian public one of the richest legends of all time, and it met with such success that it was reprinted 16 times between the 16th and 18th centuries. This work will make accessible to scholars a popular epic whose hero was honored as one of the Nine Worthies of the early modern period.