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Petar Hektorović

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Petar Hektorović
A statue of Petar Hektorović in front of Tvrdalj in Stari Grad
Born1487 (1487)[1]
Died13 March 1572(1572-03-13) (aged 84–85)[1]
Other namesPietro Ettoreo
Piero Hettoreo
Occupation(s)poet and collector of Hvar's fishermen songs
Notable workFishing and Fishermen's Talk

Petar Hektorović (1487 – 13 March 1572) was a Croatian writer[2][3] and polymath.[4]

Hektorović, also known as Pietro Ettoreo or Piero Hettoreo, was born and died in Stari Grad, Hvar.[1] He was a poet and collector of Hvar's fishermen songs, and an important figure of the Renaissance period in Croatian literature. He also wrote in Latin and in Italian, in addition to the local Slavic language.[5]

His major work Fishing and Fishermen's Talk (Ribanje i ribarsko prigovaranje, 1568), is a hybrid genre: simultaneously a travelogue, discourse in fishing, reflexive poem and poetic epistle.[6][7] It is a treasure of Croatian maritime and zoological terminology, which has become incorporated in Croatian standard language.[citation needed]

As hybrid as Hektorović's works, so was his language: chiefly based on a local Chakavian dialect, but amalgamated with the idiom of Shtokavian writing poets from Dubrovnik with whom Hektorović has remained in close contact during his lifetime.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Živojin Boškov (1971). Živan Milisavac (ed.). Jugoslovenski književni leksikon [Yugoslav Literary Lexicon] (in Serbo-Croatian). Novi Sad (SAP Vojvodina, SR Serbia): Matica srpska. p. 150.
  2. ^ Greene, Roland; Cushman, Stephen (2016). The Princeton Handbook of World Poetries. Princeton University Press. p. 136. ISBN 9781400880638.
  3. ^ Robert B. Pynsent; Sonia I. Kanikova (April 1993). Reader's encyclopedia of Eastern European literature. HarperCollins. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-06-270007-0.
  4. ^ "Stari Grad (Insel Hvar)". Dubrovnik.com (in German). Retrieved 2023-11-23.
  5. ^ Ivekovic, Rada (2022). Migration, New Nationalisms and Populism: An Epistemological Perspective on the Closure of Rich Countries. Taylor & Francis. p. 39. ISBN 9781000543971.
  6. ^ "Petar Hektorović library items". Yale University Library. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  7. ^ Curtis, Benjamin (2010). A Traveller's History of Croatia. Interlink Publishing. p. 107. ISBN 9781566568081.