Il vizio della poesia: Pallada fra tradizione e rovesciamento (con due proposte di lettura)
On the face of it Palladas (second half of IVth century B.C.), known as the iratus grammaticus of Alexandria, exhibits in his poetry a school lexicon strongly characterized by the presence of classical authors; his dialogue with the tradition is carried out through the recollection of ancient texts, either quoted or recontextualized. But the major auctores he quotes (Homer, Pindar, Plato, Callimachus, Epicurus and Anacreon) are liable to undergo a sort of ‘overturning’: under the influence of the new Jewish-Christian religious and philosophical frame, their quotations display a constant difficulty of adapting the ancient to the new, in an attempt bound to failure. Contemporary life forces the poet to resort to those same elements he would wish to get rid of: daily, biographical, private matters.