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Medieval Mythography, Volume 3The Emergence of Italian Humanism, 1321-1475$
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Jane Chance

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060125

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060125.001.0001

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Cristoforo Landino’s “Judgment of Aeneas” in the Disputationes Camaldulenses (1475)

Cristoforo Landino’s “Judgment of Aeneas” in the Disputationes Camaldulenses (1475)

(p.396) Chapter Seven Cristoforo Landino’s “Judgment of Aeneas” in the Disputationes Camaldulenses (1475)
Medieval Mythography, Volume 3

Jane Chance

University Press of Florida

Cristoforo Landino, whose commentaries on Virgil and Dante were renowned in his day, in a sense combines the oldest of commentary traditions with the newest in his late fifteenth-century readings. Landino uses the Ovidian myth of the Judgment of Paris as an overlay on his version of the Aeneas commentary, the Disputationes Camaldulenses. Although his treatment would not end the mythographic tradition--indeed, mythography burgeoned in the Renaissance in manuals such as the recently translated Mythologiae of Natalis Comes--it would be the end of the medieval mythographic tradition. With Landino’s penchant for sweeping allegorical frames to unify his specific glosses, he avoids scholastic pedantry and provides a model for later English and Italian mythographies. As was the case with Petrarch, whose Virgilian glosses also illuminate the human and humane, the older interpretations are recast in innovative frames: the Judgment of Paris, for example, is used to unify the Virgil commentary. Landino’s humanistic approach opens the door to a new era and continues the rise of the individual perspective.

Keywords:   Landino, Virgil, Paris, Petrarch, myth, Disputationes, Aeneas

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