Born in Reggio Emilia in 1474, Ariosto grew up in Ferrara. He was probably given grammar lessons in Latin by Luca Ripa, a humanist who attended the famous local school run by the descendants of Guarino Veronese. This elementary instruction prepared him for the study of Latin literature and philosophy at the University of Ferrara. Gregorio da Spoleto, a private tutor who instructed Ariosto in the 1490s, is the individual most responsible for transforming him into a Neo-Latin poet. In 1495, Ariosto delivered the inaugural oration in verse for the academic year at the university, choosing as his theme the praise of learning (“De laudibus sophiae”). His earliest surviving letter (9 January 1498), written in Latin, documents his participation in a broader humanistic culture beyond the…

1360 words

Citation: Looney, Dennis. "Carmina". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2020 [, accessed 04 December 2023.]

38868 Carmina 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.