Sannazaro, Jacopo

Sannazaro, Jacopo yä´kōpō sän-nätsä´rō [key], 1456?–1530, Italian humanist. He lived briefly (1501–4) in France, a follower of the exiled Frederick III of Naples. On Frederick's death, he returned to Naples and a life of study and literary fame. His Arcadia, a pastoral idyll in prose and verse, was the first of a long line of idylls on the subject of Arcadia, including one by Sir Philip Sidney. Sannazaro's work Epigrammatica (3 vol.) is pungent his Piscatoriae enlarged the literary uses of the eclogue by substituting fishermen for shepherds.

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