Giovanni Lombardo

The σπουδαιογέλοιον and the Art of serio ludere in Classical Anti

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Keywords: Dissimulation; Humor; Irony; Rhetoric; Satire; Style.

The Renaissance attitude of serio ludere finds his sources in the ancient practice of σπουδαιογέλοιον (or serious humor) and in the stylistic strategies of εἰρωνεία-"dissimulatio". This article explores the fonction of these strategies (especially "sermo figuratus and ars celandi artem") in ancient writers, with special emphasis on Demetrius On Style and Horace’s Satires.

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