Open thy Maeonian and thy Mantuan
coffers, with whatever else includes thy philosophic, thy poetic, and thy historical treasures, whether with Greek or Roman characters thou hast chosen to inscribe the ponderous chests: give me a while that key to all thy treasures, which to thy Warburton thou hast entrusted.
You would deal with them more harshly and cruelly than their owner himself," said Vivaldo, "for it is neither right nor proper to do the will of one who enjoins what is wholly unreasonable; it would not have been reasonable in Augustus Caesar had he permitted the directions left by the divine Mantuan
in his will to be carried into effect.
Not coincidentally, the students were Mantuans
, to whom Venice extended certain immunities to retain the favor of the strategically located neighboring state.
To Virgil: Written at the Request of the Mantuans
for the Nineteenth Centenary of Virgil's Death.
The Aeneid makes Mantuans
descendents from a son of Manto, Ocnus, perhaps in accordance with Manto's divination.
The Augustinian hermit Girolamo Redini, whom Francesco had sent to Rome in 1498 to report on the campaign for a cardinal's hat for his brother, Sigismondo Gonzaga, wrote that gossip and mischief-making by Mantuans at the papal court had ruined everything, including Francesco's reputation.
Of course diplomatic rhetoric must be viewed with scepticism; the Mantuan ambassador haggled subtly by suggesting that a suitably large dowry was entirely in the interest of the bride since it represented her own financial security.
For this performance, the Mantuan theatre was crowded with possibly over 1,000 people, many of whom were Spanish or German speakers, and all of whom were non-Mantuans ('forastieri').
The Duke's persistence must have been motivated by a genuine interest in the play, but also by an ambition to promote the splendour of the Mantuan court.
There are three Mantuans
(Striggio, Pallavicino and Wert) and three who worked at the Duke of Bavaria's court (Lassus, Florio and G.
The other Mantuans who requested special notice tended to be Gonzaga family members looking to marry, join or found monastic orders, secure the rights to titles and land, or gain indulgences for the palatine church of Santa Barbara.
In 1576, the year after she married the aspiring architect Francesco da Volterra and moved to Rome, a Mantuan engraver named Diana (known in the twentieth century as Diana Scultori) produced a large, single-sheet engraving of an Ionic volute, richly decorated with a chain of stylized acanthus leaves and flowers, and a slightly abbreviated version of the egg-and-dart and bead-and-reel moldings that adorned the capital [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED].