Lodovico Sergardi and the Roman satirical tradition

  • Ronald E. Pepin
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Classical Tradition Ancient Greek Philosopher Roman Tradition Coarse Humor Roman Satire 
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    The best early source for the life of Sergardi is Angelo Fabroni,Vitae Italorum doctrina excellentium qui saeculo XVIII floruerunt, Vol. 2 (Rome, 1769) 379. See also Amedeo Quondam,Lodovico Sergardi: Le Satire (Ravenna, 1976).Google Scholar
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    Leonardo Giannelli, ed.L. Sergardi Satyrae, 3 Vols. (Lucca, 1783).Google Scholar
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    Thistestimonium is attributed to I. Gronovius in the preface toQ. Sectani Satyrae, ed. P. Antoniano, 2. Vols. (Amsterdam, 1700).Google Scholar
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    Cf. Tiziano Dorandi, “Filodemo: gli orientamenti della ricerca attuale,” in:Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt/Rise and Decline of the Roman World (ANRW), Vol. II, 36.4, ed. Wolfgang Haase (Berlin & New York, 1990) 2328–2368; Elizabeth Asmis, “Philodemus' Epicureanism”,Ibid.. in:Aufstieg und 0155 0236 V 2 Niedergang der Römischen Welt/Rise and Decline of the Roman World (ANRW), Vol. II, 36.4, ed. Wolfgang Haase (Berlin & New York, 1990) 2360–2406; and Marcello Gigante,Philodemus in Italy: The Books from Herculaneum (trans. Dirk Obbink) (Ann Arbor, 1995). See also Dirk Obbink, ed.,Philodemus and Poetry (Oxford, 1995). An edition and commentary on the epigrams of Philodemus by David Sider is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
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    Satires 9.153; 11.222; 3.46Google Scholar
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    Ironically, Gian Vincenzo Gravina secured a greater and more enduring fame for himself than Sergardi did. On his life and work, see Amedeo Quondam,Cultura e ideologia di Gianvincenzo Gravina (Milan, 1968); also, D. Carpanetto and G. Ricuperati (trans. Caroline Higgitt),Italy in the Age of Reason, 1685–1789 (New York, 1987) 84–88.Google Scholar
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    Gilbert Highet,The Classical Tradition: Greek and Roman Influences on Western Literature (Oxford, 1949) 316.Google Scholar
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    Q. Sectani Satyrae (apud Triphonem Bibliopolam in Foro Palladio, 1694) was the first edition, and it was reprinted in 1701.Google Scholar
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    SeeThe Satires of Lodovico Sergardi. An English Translation and Introduction by Ronald E. Pepin (Seventeenth-Century Texts and Studies 4) (New York, San Francisco, Bern, etc., 1994), Introduction pp. 1–13 and notes to each of the fourteen satires.Google Scholar
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    Highet, 277. Recent literature on the Battle of the Books is extensive. See, for example, Joseph M. Levine,The Battle of the Books: History and Literature in the Augustan Age (Ithaca & London, 1991), and, by the same author, “Giambattista Vico and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns,”Journal of the History of Ideas 52 (1991) 55–79; as well as John F. Tinkler, “The Splitting of Humanism: Bentley, Swift and the English Battle of the Books,”Journal of the History of Ideas 49 (1988) 453–72. Howard D. Weinbrot,Britannia's Issue. The Rise of British Literature from Dryden to Ossian (Cambridge 1993) includes important chapters on “Moderns, Ancients and the Secular” and “Homeric Wars.”Google Scholar

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  • Ronald E. Pepin
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  1. 1.Capital Community-Technical CollegeHartfordUSA

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