Poliziano's works include translations of passages from Homer's ''Iliad'', an edition of the poetry of Catullus and commentaries on classical authors and literature. It was his classical scholarship that brought him the attention of the wealthy and powerful Medici family that ruled Florence. He served the Medici as a tutor to their children, and later as a close friend and political confidante. His later poetry, including ''La Giostra'', glorified his patrons.
He used his didactic poem ''Manto'', written in the 1480s, as an introduction to his lectures on Virgil.