L’Agamemnon di Seneca nel volgarizzamento tardo-quattrocentesco di Evangelista Fossa
Tecniche e finalità di traduzione
The first Florentine vernacular translation of Seneca’s Agamemnon into verse dates back to the late 15th century. It was composed by Friar Evangelista Fossa, a member of the Order of Servants of Mary, and was published in Venice on 28th January 1497. The translation is incomplete, since it only covers the tragedy up to its second chorus; however, it has interesting features both as far as metrics (the models provided by Dante’s Commedia and by vernacular bucolic poetry are evident) and contents (the Christianisation of the hypotext is relevant) are concerned. The contribution offers an in-depth study of Fossa’s translation style and his debt towards vernacular literature and the humanistic commentaries on Seneca’s tragedies by Gellio Bernardino Marmitta and Daniele Caetani.