The paper provides an alternative interpretation of the meaning which the Mons Matrona assumes in the Itinerarium Brigantionis castelli of Ennodius. The study identifies as ideal and metaphorical model the mythological figure of the Sirens, who, although they are not mentioned, are however evocated through the scopuli (frequently associated to the Sirens), the bewitchment of the travelers by the beauty of the landscape and the adjective blandae, often ascribed to the mythological bird-women. Furthermore, it emphasizes the formal elaboration of the verses and the intertextual relationship with ancient texts that describe landscapes of death and letal animals.

Il Mons Matrona nell'Itinerarium Castelli Brigantionis di Ennodio (carm. 1,1 H.)

Alessia Prontera
2022-01-01

Abstract

The paper provides an alternative interpretation of the meaning which the Mons Matrona assumes in the Itinerarium Brigantionis castelli of Ennodius. The study identifies as ideal and metaphorical model the mythological figure of the Sirens, who, although they are not mentioned, are however evocated through the scopuli (frequently associated to the Sirens), the bewitchment of the travelers by the beauty of the landscape and the adjective blandae, often ascribed to the mythological bird-women. Furthermore, it emphasizes the formal elaboration of the verses and the intertextual relationship with ancient texts that describe landscapes of death and letal animals.
Experiencing the Landscape in Antiquity
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