The Latin Poems of Manilius Cabacius Rallus of Sparta. On Longing, Fortune, and Displacement

A Critical Edition with Annotations and a Translation


The Latin Poems of Manilius Cabacius Rallus of Sparta presents the poetic oeuvre of a forgotten poet of Renaissance Rome. A Greek by birth, Manilius Cabacius Rallus (c. 1447 – c. 1523) spent most of his life far from his motherland, unable to return. Through his poems, composed in a range of metres and genres, Rallus engaged with some major events and personalities of his time, including Angelo Poliziano, Ianus Lascaris, and Pope Leo X. His poems also reflect on timeless human experiences such as helplessness in the face of fortune and nostalgia for what is lost. Han Lamers edited the Latin text of Rallus’ poems (most of them printed for the last time in 1520) and added annotations and an English prose translation.

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Han Lamers, Ph.D. (2013), University of Leiden, is Professor of Classics at the University of Oslo. He has published books and articles on the cultural history of Greek and Latin learning in early modern Europe, including Greece Reinvented: Transformations of Byzantine Hellenism in Renaissance Italy (Brill, 2015).
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Introduction: A Spartan Poet in Renaissance Rome
 1 Introduction to the Poet and His Work
 2 Editorial Matters

Latin Text and Translation

Editorial Abbreviations

Manilii Cabacii Ralli Iuveniles ingenii lusus Literary Trifles of My Youth

Eiusdem Manilii carmina extravagantia More Poems

Annotations with the Text

General Bibliography
All interested in Neo-Latin poetry, Renaissance literature and culture, the Greek diaspora and migration history, and anyone concerned with the forgotten voices of the past. Keywords: Manilius Cabacius Rallus/Manilio Cabacio Rallo, Neo-Latin poetry, Renaissance literature, Italy, Rome, Leo X, diaspora literature, Greek diaspora, exile literature, migration history, classical reception, classical tradition, critical edition.
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