'Locus Amoenus' and the Sleeping Nymph: 'Ekphrasis', Silence, and 'Genius Loci'

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In his late 15th century chronicle (ca 1477-1484), Michael Fabricius Ferrarinus (died between 1488-1493), prior of the Carmelite cloister in Reggio Emilia, introduced the rumour that an ancient fountain had been found super ripam Danuvii (on the banks of the Danube) with the sculpted figure of a sleeping nymph. According to Ferrarinus, the fountain bore a peculiar epigram: HVIVS NYMPHA LOCI, SACRI CVSTODIA FONTIS, DORMIO, DVM BLANDAE SENTIO MVRMVR AQVAE. PARCE MEVM, QVISQVIS TANGIS CAVA MARMORA, SOMNVM RVMPERE. SIVE BIBAS ...

'Locus Amoenus' and the Sleeping Nymph: 'Ekphrasis', Silence, and 'Genius Loci' 2016, Peeters, Leuven

ISBN-13: 9789042933446

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