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 (măn′cho͞o-ə, -to͞o-ə)
A woman's garment of the 1600s and 1700s consisting of a bodice and full skirt cut from a single length of fabric, with the skirt designed to part in front to reveal a contrasting underskirt.

[Alteration (influenced by Mantua) of manteau.]


 (măn′cho͞o-ə, -to͞o-ə)
A city of northern Italy south-southwest of Verona. Originally an Etruscan settlement, it is noted as the birthplace of the Roman poet Virgil (70 bc).

Man′tu·an adj. & n.
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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.
Eberhard & Co are paying homage to legendary Italian racer Tazio Giorgio Nuvolari, nicknamed The Flying Mantuan for his speed and skills, with the launch of a new mechanical, self-winding, waterproof chronograph watch.
Among the topics are Virgil and Renaissance rhetorical theory, Virgilian imagery and the Maiolica of the Mantuan court, Virgilian quotations on medals and token issued in the Low Countries during the second half of the 16th century, re-evaluating Turnus: multiple voices in Vegio's Supplement, Aeneas interpres: Landino's earliest allegory of the Aeneid and Ficino's first ten dialogues, and Virgil and the idea of a renaissance.
Vividly showing the corruption and decadence of the Mantuan court, this is still a feast of superb singing and glorious music.
The Thirty Years' War, Hanlon contends, has not been studied adequately from an Italian perspective--the region has usually been seen as a mere sideshow to the main theaters of war--though it might be worth adding that there are admirable studies of the 1628-1631 Mantuan Succession War, to which he refers.
(40) The Virgilian conception of pastoral as a mode of thought that projects complex human experience beyond the apparent plainness of its language and the ordinariness of its setting was evident in the exploitation of its allegorical possibilities in later poets from Petrarch to Mantuan. (41)
The Mantuan Wars of 1628-31, brought about by the deaths of the Dukes of Mantua without legitimate heirs, was one of the final chapters of the century-old confrontation between Spain and France for the control of the Italian territories.
THE FLASHING BLADE BBC One, 1969 & re-runs in the 1970s OK, quick question: who in their right mind thought a 12-part, badly-dubbed programme about the War of the Mantuan Succession between France and Spain in the late 17th century would make good viewing for seven-year-olds?