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I Fasti Sacri by Sforza Pallavicino (1607-1667) is an unfinished poem about the feasts of the saints listed in the Calendar of the Roman church. In this work Pallavicino, like other authors of the same period, tried to match epic genre with religious matter, following Tasso’s example, and taking into consideration the debate about religious poetry in Barberini’s circle along with the teachings of Jesuit scholars. The poem has a complex textual history, since it has been preserved in two different versions. The first is a manuscript and the second an incomplete set of proofs. Part of the text has been printed in an anthology, Scelta di poesie italiane, Venice 1686, in a pre-arcadic environment. This little known poem almost completely disappeared after author’s entered the Jesuit order in 1637. The article provides information on the work within the context of seventeenth-century sacred poetics.
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