Jacopo Sannazzaro

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Sannazzaro, Jacopo


Born July 28, 1456, in Naples; died there Apr. 24, 1530. Italian writer. Served at the court of the duke of Calabria.

Sannazzaro’s most famous work is Arcadia, a pastoral in verse and prose (written between 1480 and 1485; published in 1504). It contrasts an isolated, idealized world with the depravity of court life. Arcadia helped further the development of the pastoral genre in European literature.


Opere volgari. Edited by A. Mauro. Bari, 1961.
L’Arcadia. Edited by E. Carrara. Turin, 1944.


Altamura, A. Jacopo Sannazaro, con appendici di documenti e testi inediti. Naples, 1951.
Altamura, A. “J. Sannazaro.” In Letteratura italiana: I minori, vol. 1. Milan [1969].
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Long before Freud, numerous authors dedicated many pages to describing the same experience: from Plato's Ion to Marsilio Ficino's De divino furore, from Horace's Ars poetica to Macrobius's Commentarii in somnium Scipionis, from Virgil (Eclogues 8.11-13) to many sonnets composed in the 15th and 16th centuries by Jacopo Sannazaro, Panfilo Sasso, Pietro Bembo, Ercole Strozzi, and Michelangelo Buonarroti.
The first three books are pastoral in the conventional sense: with the exception of the short incident with the savages in Book II, (3) Montemayor portrays lovelorn and unhappy shepherds and shepherdesses who utter their laments, in the vein of Jacopo Sannazaro's Arcadia (1504), "the better to passe away the burning heate of the day" (Montemayor, Seven Books 51).
Jacopo Sannazaro, 'O Gelosia d'amanti orribil freno': Opere volgari, ed.