Petar Hektorović

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Petar Hektorović
Kip P.Hektorovic starigrad hvar.jpg
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]

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, language in which he wrote his testament.[4][full citation needed]

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 to his friend Jeronim Bartučević.

It is a treasure of Croatian maritime and zoological terminology, which has become incorporated in Croatian standard language. As hybrid as his major work, so was Hektorović's 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.

Musical versions[edit]

The early music Ensemble Renaissance performs and has recorded a setting of his two songs as part of its "Journey through Dalmatia" program.


  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.
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