Orlando Furioso is rooted in & awash in games & play. Mazzotta goes into the Renaissance sensibility, in Shakespeare & Cervantes too, & many others. He quotes this beautiful passage from Plato's Laws:

"Though human affairs are not worthy of great seriousness it is yet necessary to be serious; happiness is another thing. I say that a man must be serious with the serious, and not the other way about. God alone is worthy of supreme seriousness, but man is made God's plaything and that is the best part of him. Therefore every man and every woman should live life accordingly, and play the noblest game, and be of another mind from what they are at present. For they deem war a serious thing, though in war there is neither play nor culture worthy the name, which are the things we deem most serious.
"Hence all must live in peace as well as they possibly can. What, then, is the right way of living? Life must be lived as play, playing certain games, making sacrifices, singing and dancing, and then a man may be able to propitiate the gods, and defend himself against his enemies, and win the contest."

(Thinking of Vallejo's poem about his brother who died in childhood : they play hide and seek, and he doesn't come back.)

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