Ludovico Ariosto (Italian: [ludoˈviːko aˈrjɔsto; ariˈɔsto]; 8 September 1474 – 6 Julie 1533) wis an Italian poet. He is best kent as the author o the romance epic Orlando Furioso (1516). The poem, a continuation o Matteo Maria Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato, descrives the adventurs o Charlemagne, Orlando, an the Franks as they battle against the Saracens wi diversions intae miny sideplots. Ariosto componed the poem in the ottava rima rhyme scheme an introduced narrative commentar throuoot the wirk.
Ariosto, detail of votive painting Madonna with saints Joseph, John, Catherine, Louis of Toulouse and Lodovico Ariosto by Vincenzo Catena, 1512, Berlin
8 September 1474|
Reggio Emilia, Italy
6 July 1533|
Ariosto an aa coined the term "humanism" (in Italian, umanesimo) for choosin tae focus upon the strenths an potential o humanity, rather nor anly upon its role as subordinate tae God. This led tae Renaissance humanism.
- Etymology Online: Humanist
1580s, "student of the classical humanities," from Middle French humaniste (16c.), formed on model of Italian umanista "student of human affairs or human nature," coined by Italian poet Lodovicio Ariosto (1474–1533), from Latin humanus “human” (see human; also see humanism). Philosophical sense is from 1903.