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Ángel García Galiano

The controversies over Cicero and the European Renaissance URL:

I will address in my conference the irruption of the concept of simple and compound imitation, already since Petrarch, in his effort to recover the classical "humanitas" within the ideal of the poet as rhetor et philologus that he constantly preached about. When he became himself an object of emulation, along the 15th century, a number of De imitatione controversies appear within the framework of the increasingly explicit confrontation between the Aristotelian (analytic) and Platonic (synthetic) poetics. A number of relevant figures participated in the controversies: Angelo Poliziano, Pietro Benbo, Pico della Mirandola, Paolo Cortese or Erasmus of Rotterdam, whose Ciceronianus (1528) would become a new intention model of the new concept of humanism, beyond the mere rhetoric speculation.

In the 16th century the controversy would reach Spain, the writers and the universities; in the context of the feuds between the ancient and the modern, the use fanaticism or Italian poetic language and the figure of Garcilaso as the unique object of imitation, especially following the comments of Brocense and Herrera to his poetry.

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