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Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533)

Cavallo, Jo Ann

Ludovico Ariosto was born in Reggio Emilia on September 8, 1474, to Daria Malaguzzi and Niccolò Ariosto,military governor of the city at the time. He was a poet, courtier; letter-writer, and a playwright / dramatist active in Italy. Ariosto is primarily known, however, for his masterpiece, the romance epic Orlando Furioso, a continuation of Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato (an epic poem). He also wrote prose for during the revival of Latin Comedy under the reign of Duke Alfonso with prose comedies such as La Cassaria (The Coffer) and I Suppositi (The Pretenders).

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