This work takes into account the knowledge and use of Nonnus’ Dionysiaca by Giovan Battista Marino in his poem Adone. I will try to study Marino’s reception of the Greek model by analyzing a specific passage of the Adone, which deals with the birth of Eros, and by comparing it with two episodes in the Dionysiaca: the birth of Eros and the happy reactions of the beasts due to the birth of Beroe. I will show the complexity with which Nonnus is imitated by Marino, who – it is important to specify it – did not read Nonnus’ poem in the original, but in a modern Latin translation. As a matter of fact, I will point out how Marino, within few verses, is able either to allude to his model or to reproduce it almost literally and also to transform it, according to his poetical purposes. Cristiano Minuto, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.
Cristiano Minuto, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.