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Jeux de la métamorphose dans deux textes du Cinquecento florentin : L'Âne d'or de Machiavel et La Circé de Gelli

Abstract : Abstract – Machiavelli's unfinished poem, " The Golden Ass " , undertaken about 1517, was published in 1549, the same year as Giovan Battista Gelli's " Circe ". Drawing its inspiration from Apuleius' celebrated " Golden Ass " and Dante's " Divine Comedy " , this text, by which Machiavelli intends to stand as the judge of his time, ends with the rewriting of one of Plutarch's famous " moral works " devoted to the superiority of animal condition. Gelli takes up the latter notion illustrating it through a fully distinct work, in the form of a series of dialogues uttered on the island of Circe: Ulysses proposes to the animals to give them back their original human form but they obstinately refuse his offer. Machiavelli's poem was indeed a vengeful political fable – Gelli's " Circe " , as far as it is concerned, appears to be as a philosophical and humanistic lesson addressed by the author to his contemporaries.
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Brigitte Urbani. Jeux de la métamorphose dans deux textes du Cinquecento florentin : L'Âne d'or de Machiavel et La Circé de Gelli . Studii de Stiinta si Cultura, Vasile Goldis Western University, 2014. ⟨hal-01599844⟩

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