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Pietro Bembo on Etna: The Ascent of a Venetian Humanist

Gareth D. Williams


This book is centered on the Venetian humanist Pietro Bembo (1470–1547), on his stay in Sicily in 1492–4 to study the ancient Greek language under the Byzantine émigré Constantine Lascaris, and above all on his ascent of Mount Etna in 1493. The more particular focus of this study is on the imaginative capacities that crucially shape Bembo’s elegantly crafted account, in Latin, of his Etna adventure in his so-called De Aetna, published at the Aldine Press in Venice in 1496. This work is cast in the form of a dialogue that takes place between the young Bembo and his father, Bernardo (himself a p ... More

Keywords: Etna, Pietro Bembo, Constantine Lascaris, Ermolao Barbaro, Bernardo Bembo, Aldo Manuzio, Venice, Petrarch, Angelo Poliziano

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190272296
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190272296.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gareth D. Williams, author
Professor of Classics, Columbia University