Lodovico Castelvetro

Lodovico Castelvetro

[kas-tl-ve-troh; It. kah-stel-ve-traw]
Lodovico Castelvetro (c.1505-1571) was an important figure in the development of neo-classicism, especially in drama. It was his reading of Aristotle that led to a widespread adoption of a tight version of the Three Unities, as a dramatic standard.

His supposed involvement in translation of Protestant texts caused him trouble with the Church. He was labelled a heretic in 1557, and lived in exile from his native Italy (he was born near Modena).


  • Castelvetro on the Art of Poetry (1984) Andrew Bongiorno editor and translator

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