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However, in his dialogues Pontano inherited the method and the philosophical perspective of his former teacher and enemy (Marsh 1979 pp. 114-115). Likewise, I propose that Pontano used Valla's ideas in addressing the 40 De Rebus Coelestibus lib II sig. D7 r-v: "Quin etiam (quod Poetae faciunt): et Stellas etiam singulas diversis sed suis tamen nominibus vocavere: atque illis maxime nominibus quae quandam per similitudinem aut animalium aut rerum: signorum ipsorum proprieties indicarent: effectionesque quandam per imaginem reserrent: et constituendis hominum corporibus: et animorum applicationibus indicandis.
45 position within the theoretical framework of Cicero's De Divinatione. He explored its rhetorical implications in the treatise De Sermone. These rhetorical implications are grounded in Pontano's astrological writings Centiloquium and De Rebus Coelestibus. On the one hand, Pontano defined an independent position between astronomy and natural philosophy that brings forth the virtues of rhetorical truth and the practice of observationexperience in the development of learning. On the other hand, he ascribed a prominent position to astrologically inspired truth in the progress of knowledge.
The answer to these questions is to be found in Pontano's De Rebus Coelestibus. Conjecture and Knowledge 25 Ibid. " 30 Having seen how Pontano's ideas on rhetoric stem from the author's writings on astrology, one may ask why in the last part of his career these subjects are treated in apparently independent kinds of writing and addressed to a radically changed audience. As it has been illustrated, the commentary of the Centiloquium is dedicated to the Duke of Urbino and thus conceived within the system of courtly patronage.
Conjecture and inspiration: Astrology, prophecy and poetry in Quattrocento Naples by Matteo Soranzo