The Road in Tuscany; A Commentary Volume 1

The Road in Tuscany; A Commentary Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...routed; a part was cut to pieces, a part fled home to the hill. The Romans sat down before the city, built and trenched a camp, and sending to Rome for Julius Caesar, Cicero and others, awaited the starvation of the enemy. But this did not occur; the Faesulans had stout hearts, the Romans wearied, many returned to Rome, and of these Cicero may well have been one. The noble Fiorino and his company remained. That entrenched camp which he had made became old, square Florence; and if he himself did not give name to the city, flowers of some sort did. "For," as my author says, " Fiorino died in that very spot, who was of chivalry the flower; and in the place and in the fields about it for ever sprang flowers and lilies. Wherefore the greater number of the inhabitants agreed to call their city Floria, as if it had been built up among flowers, that is, among many delightful things." This is a charming story, which gives one as much insight into the good Villani as into Florentine beginnings. Then there is Benvenuto Cellini's account, I think, the best of all. That immortal ruffian says directly that Fiorino was his lineal ancestor. His name in full was Fiorino da Cellino. It is quite true, he allows, that Fiorino's quarters Benvenuto's were on the site of the present city, account. l3ut lg name was given to it in a more natural way. His friends in the army, having frequent occasion to consult him upon matters of business or pleasure, got into the way of saying, whenever any difficulty arose, "Let us go down to Fiorino's," "Andiamo a Fiorino." Therefore, when it came to giving a local name to this new Rome, no better occurred to Caesar than Fiorenze, which is, as we should say, "Fiorino's place." So...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492579
  • 9781236492579