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Un manifeste posthume de l'humanisme aragonais : le De hortis Hesperidum de Giovanni Pontano

Abstract : The present thesis studies the last poem written by the humanist Giovanni Pontano (1429-1503) in the latefifteenth century/beginning of the sixteenth century : De hortis Hesperidum, a georgic on citrus gardens.Some descriptive chapters, followed by a more analytical and multidisciplinary study, cast light on thisoverlooked testament of Napolitan humanism. The poem is at first considered through its various readingsover time and in particular through its influence on the literature of European classical age. Then, theversification and the textual history of the poem are assessed and the principles of the current edition areestablished, thanks to a careful examination of its testimonies. Since De hortis Hesperidum is the first moderntext to imitate Vergil’s way of composing didactic poetry, the study deciphers the recreation of the georgicgenre at the begining of the modern period, by considering narrations patterns, digression’s role, the way ofpresenting the dedicatee or the poet himself. De hortis Hesperidum is also a scientific poem that demonstratesan early interest for citrus trees, by establishing their varieties and describing their culture, with an obviousattraction for ornemental gardens that foreteils their popularity in sixteenth century Naples and Italy,foreshadowing the beginnings of manierist gardens. Finally the poem pictures the aristocratical life of thePontanian academy. It gives the aspect of an ideal time, kept safe from the commotion of the Italian wars,thanks to the poet. In addition to this study, the thesis countains the first complete French translation of thetext and a new edition in which spelling has been corrected on the only known manuscript of the poem.
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Georges Tilly. Un manifeste posthume de l'humanisme aragonais : le De hortis Hesperidum de Giovanni Pontano. Linguistique. Normandie Université; Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020NORMR084⟩. ⟨tel-03197923⟩

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