Renæssanceforum 9 • 2015

Marianne Pade
The Vitae Statii of Pomponio Leto and Niccolò Perotti

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This article contains an analysis and comparison of the almost contemporary lives of Statius compiled by the two Roman humanists, Niccolò Perotti and Pomponio Leto, respectively. It argues that the life by Perotti may be slightly earlier than the one by Pomponio. Exploiting for the first time Statius' Silvae, both lives break new ground: Perotti is primarily concerned with correcting the mistakes of the biographical details found in the medieval accessus to Statius' two epic poems; Pomponio, on the other hand, rewrites the poet's life completely on the basis of information gleaned from the Silvae.