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Friday, June 23, 2017

[GBM] Princes in disguise

from Salvador Dalí

The Judgment of Paris in G. B. Marino's version: Jupiter indicates the young shepherd as the most fitting person to choose "the most beautiful" goddess among Juno, Minerva, and Venus, insofar as he is both handsome and honest and intelligent (2.61). A son of King Priam, Paris has been removed from Troy immediately after his birth because of a prophecy according to which he would cause the ruin of the city. The Father of the Gods, however, abstains from explaining this clearly; we know it from mythology. In the story of the appointed judge, Marino stresses: 1. The ubiquitous role of Destiny, or rather Doom, and 2. The theme of male beauty and homosexuality, with a reference to Ganymede; see his love story with Zeus in canto 5, described in a then scandalously detailed form. Marino himself seems to have been bisexual.
Jupiter speaks:

2.60

"In the woods there lives a Phrygian shepherd,    western Turkey
who is such only in name and duties---
yeah, if an envying Fate did not keep     N.B. he twists the issue
his noble birth hidden in rough clothes,
the whole world would know about his lofty
condition, his high and royal lineage:     precisely like Adonis
A son of Priam, emperor of Troy, so
an elder brother to my Ganymede."