Malatesta Porta (Rimini 1561-1629) hold a role of importance in the dispute on the epic poetry, risen
among supporters of Ariosto and Tasso, with a dialogue, Il Rossi, and some annotations on the
Gerusalemme Liberata. In touch with many scholars of his time, he made his contribution to the debate
on the status of the tragic character with his tragedy I Santi Innocenti, published in 1604 and again in
1605, and to be connected with Marino’s Strage de gl’Innocenti. A religious poem, Il Rimino Protetto,
and two letters to Galileo on astronomical matters are also included in his literary production.