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"Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" and Me
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"Tackling "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" (translated by Joscelyn Godwin) is quite the challenge, my dictionary is getting a workout. How about yours?"
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As "the Strife of Love in a Dream" begins, I come to my first puzzling words as Poliphilo gives his introduction describing things he saw. Which words mean "architectural elements decorated with reliefs and often decorative in nature"?
zophori and friezes
parapet and crenellation
antebellum and clerestory
googie and madi
Poliphilo's dream continues and he sees Phoebus rise from the ocean during sunrise. Phoebus was being transported by something meaning a "two wheeled chariot pulled by four horses." What was Phoebus riding?
Poliphilo enters a forest in his dream and begins to worry that he will fall into a stinking ditch. What word means, "offensive to the smell, noxious"?
Poliphili encounters a pyramid in his travels and it is wonderous to behold. So much so, he describes it in detail. Parts of the pyramid are made of a Greek metal that is thought to be a gold and copper alloy. What metal was Poliphili describing?
Poliphili spends a large amount of time staggering around his dream describing architectural elements. I spent a lot of time looking them up since it was all Greek to me. Luckily, this word wasn't architectural, but the name given a "red or purple hard, igneous rock."
In his dream, Poliphili wanders into the country and becomes somewhat lonely. To his delight, he is greeted by some beings that bestow "their holy guidance" upon him. What is the Latin word for "guardian spirit" that became Poliphili's guide (or guardian angel)?
A typical guy, even asleep, Poliphilo finds himself bathing in a fountain with a bunch of women that tease and taunt him. He begins to be suspicious that their actions have an ulterior meaning, describing it like a "soothing preparation applied to sores and scrapes, an oily ointment" that he doesn't know he can trust. What word does he use to describe such an ointment?
Poliphilo's hunch might not have been totally without merit, because his contact with the fountain women created within him "inordinate and unhealthy sexual desire" that incited him to "desires I had never felt before." What had overcome him?
Poliphilo escapes the fountain women and continues on his journey in his dream. Eventually he escapes a dragon and is congratulated by a regal Queen that he describes as a name of a month meaning, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur." What month did he use?
During Poliphilo's visit with the Queen, servants bring in a large statue that Poliphilo begins to describe in detail. The top of the statue is adorned with a tree bearing fruit. What fruit is a type of apple from a European tree?
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Compiled Jan 05 15