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The Poet's OdysseyJoachim Du Bellay and the Antiquitez de Rome$
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George Hugo Tucker

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158653.001.0001

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The Quest for Rome, in Rome

The Quest for Rome, in Rome

(p.54) (p.55) 2 The Quest for Rome, in Rome
The Poet's Odyssey

George Hugo Tucker

Oxford University Press

Even before Du Bellay was able to experience the Eternal City of Rome, this city, its history, and all of its other elements, had already been the subject of past elegiac meditation and various debates. Hildebert de Lavardin, another Frenchman who had been able to visit Rome about twenty years after the Norman sack, inspired the making of two elegies that portray two of the most fundamental and earliest medieval treatments of the theme of how the responsio of a Roma Christiana is able to complement an allocutio to a broken Roma pagana. In this chapter, the author reproduces a segment of these poems, and then attempts to make a thorough examination regarding the significant factors of this antithetical dialogue.

Keywords:   Du Bellay, Eternal City, Rome, responsio, antithetical dialogue

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