In the context of Tacitistic restoration that happened between the end of sixteenth and the beginning of seventeenth century, the case of Alessandro Adimari (1579– 1649) from Florence, who published (1628) in his birthplace his Polinnia overo cinquanta sonetti fondati sopra sentenze di Cornelio Tacito con argomenti a ciascuno d’essi ch’uniti insieme formano un breve discorso politico e morale, edited by Pietro Cecconelli, takes place as a late and peculiar outcome. This contribution aims to mark the originality of Adimari’s proposal, who chose to translate the exemplary strength of this Tacitistic text into poetry, being aware of the connection with the late sixteenth-century political-moral treatises on the subject, anticipating also, on this track, other Baroque authors in examining the Tacitian lesson in genres differing from the traditional treatise (novel, historiography, theater, etc.).
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