Two Giants in Love: Epic and Bucolic Poetry

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Classical culture left its influence on European literature in many ways. This is true of The Lusiads, by the 16th century Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões. Scholars and critics usually examine the ways in which he was influenced by Virgil’s The Aeneid, ignoring the fact that some topics and themes present in his poem, although indebted to Classical influence are not to be found in Latin epic.
The episode of Adamastor (The Lusiads, V. 37-60) is precisely one of these cases: the story of an awful giant in love with the nymph Thetis. This theme, however, may well derive from Theocritus’ Idyll XI, ‘The Cyclops’, where the poet describes the young Polyphemus in love with Galatea.
The purpose of this paper is to show that it is more than likely that Camões already knew Theocritus when he wrote The Lusiads, and in particular the episode of Adamastor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiterature and Cultural Memory
EditorsMihaela Irimia, Dragoṣ Manea, Andreea Paris
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789004338876
ISBN (Print)9789004338869
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameInternationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft
ISSN (Print)0929-6999


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