Critical Edition of De Gentilium Deorum Imaginibus by Ludovico Lazzarelli First Edited Text with Introduction and Translation

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This poem by Ludovico Lazzarelli (1450-1500) well illustrates the long tradition of post-classical authors picturing and Christianizing the gods of antiquity. It demonstrates how the gods were integrated into Renaissance life as elements of the Christian universe, and also demonstrates how the artists of the Renaissance secured patronage in order to pursue their disciplines. Until now, the poem existed only in manuscript, two in the Vatican Library, one in Florence. This volume contains an Introduction, text of the poem, and translation.


“O’Neal’s English prose rendition of the poem seems to have been his major concern in preparing his edition. On the page facing the Latin text, divided into sections where Lazzarelli’s natural breaks in thought occur, the translation is handsomely done and accurate without awkwardness. . . “ – Classical and Modern Literature

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