Ovid, Antiquarianism, and Political Revival in Novidio Fracco's Sacri Fasti

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Brubaker, Evan, Classics - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Miller, John, Classics, University of Virginia

Published in 1547, the Sacri Fasti of the Italian poet and priest Ambrogio “Novidio” Fracco is a Latin calendar poem modelled on Ovid’s Fasti and set during Renaissance Rome. Written over a period of thirty years, the poem provides a window into the feasts and religious life of the city, as well as the hardships, concerns, and triumphs of Fracco’s day and age: the 1527 Sack of Rome, the role of Charles V as supreme European hegemon, and the rise of the Farnese family. Beginning with an investigation of the origins of calendrical poetry in the Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance, I examine how Fracco’s almanac responds to the major political and religious currents of the sixteenth century to create a teleological vision for Rome culminating in the papacy of Pope Paul III (1534-1549).

PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Italian Renaissance, Ovid, Classical Reception, Neo-Latin, Sixteenth century religion, Novidio Fracco, Fasti
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