The Rebirth of Venus: The Homeric Hymns to Aphrodite and Poliziano’s Stanze

TitleThe Rebirth of Venus: The Homeric Hymns to Aphrodite and Poliziano’s Stanze
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSchwab, EM
EditorVergados, A, Schwab, A, Faulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsHymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013)
Book TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN9780198728788 (print)

The paper explores Angelo Poliziano’s engagement with the Homeric Hymns in his Greek and Italian poetry, especially in his Stanze per la Giostra that he wrote just before the first printed edition of Homer including the Hymns. Thus, it picks up a topic that Aby Warburg had hinted at in his dissertation ‘Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Spring’. However, in this chapter the Stanze are not primarily regarded as a source for Botticelli’s masterpiece, but instead as an important testimony for the reception of the Hymns as such: it assesses the ways in which Poliziano integrates the Homeric Hymns to Aphrodite (h.Hom. 5 and 6) into his Stanze per la Giostra (especially Stanze I.38–55 and I.99–103). Thereby it reveals Poliziano’s appreciation for the Hymns’ aesthetic qualities as well as for their content, and it sheds light on his technical abilities as a ‘poet-translator’. []


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