- Commentaries on the text "Genalogy of The Gods" - by Giovanni Boccaccio Roberto  - pag. 1


Boccaccio About the foundation of Torino - by G.Boccaccio -.

We often find Illuministic or, to say it better, modern-purist thesis about the foundation of Torino, telling that the town is not older than two thousand years. But medieval historians'thesis is not the same at all.

We have  already introduced two historians, of Sabauda epoch.

But some studious' opinion is that the history of the egyptian foundation is nothing more than a "tale" to give to the town more historical dignity and to gratify Savoia's domination.   

Text of G.Boccaccio" Genealogy of the Gods Gentili".

…...but yet the thesis is very superficial because no Lord or King has ever imposed, for what we know, on contemporary historians to write merely invented facts. Besides, as we can verify in the book of Tesauro, the ancient writers from which sources come, are widely named. Such sources mostly survived until nowadays and we can so verify what Tesauro says.

These facts are anyhow reported by G.Boccaccio in "Gods' Genealogy".

Fetonte's Myth (Phetonte)"Genealogy of Gods Gentili".

In this book Boccaccio describes ancient myths and values its reliability in his comments, names the sources, and also says that myths involve historical facts or famous men. Fetonte's Myth(Phetonte)" Genealogy of Gods Gentili".

Fetonte's Myth (Phetonte)"Genealogy of Gods Gentili".

So not only a genealogy of immortal Gods, but of mortal men too, named with the epithet of Gods for their deeds.

The myth about the town of Torino and its foundation, nearly contemporary to the one of Genova, goes back to an egyptian king called with the name(probably Greek)of Fetonte.

- Commentaries on the text "Genalogy of The Gods" - by Giovanni Boccaccio-  Roberto - pag. 2

Quotation of Fetonte's myth.

The death of Eridano is quotated too(perhaps a son of Fetonte, or epithet of the same) and from him took the name the river Po, "Eridano"(Eridanus) in its Alpine part and in the high Padania. ...surely we cannot contest that such "legend" comes before the domination of Savoia, since Boccaccio lived some centuries before....anyhow we can think that ...probably... the legend already lived in Roman age. But if this is really a "legend" we must recognize that similar stories hav anyhow an historical value and are not only a mere "tale for kids". ...since we know very well that(as example) the legend of Troia, judged sometime ago as a pure tale without real elements, was denied as such after the finding of the town and of a fabulous treasure (perhaps the one of Priamo)... ..should so we wait that also in the underground of Torino the treasure of Fetonte is discovered?

Very hard to think so, since we have no report about the existence of such treasure, and also since on the old town a new one was built, and finally, if such treasure would come to light, who could assure us that it would take the way of public museums?..(i'm making a little bit of irony..) So, by now, we have to be satisfied of the ancient texts, keeping our mind free from prejudices, considering thing as they are. I remember you that the history of ancient Rome and of Rome's kings takes part of the legend too since we don't have any written document of coeval epoch left...

Engraving of Antonio Caron- (Tableaux de Philostrate by Angelier et Guillemont).