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1] "Only love, only to know / counts" ("Il pianto della scavatrice" [The Cry of the Digger]. Back to Line
5] Brattaggia: unlocated and not found on Google (November 18, 2012). Aeneus: the hero of Virgil's epic Aeneid, about the founderof Rome. Back to Line
8] seven hills: those on which Rome would be founded. Augustus (63 B.C.-14 AD), the first emperor of the Roman Empire. Back to Line
16] Marcus Aurelius: Roman Emperor, 161-180 AD. Back to Line
24] Vasari: Giorgio Vasari, Renaissance painter (1511-74). Machiavelli: Niccola di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527), Renaissance Italian historian and philosopher who lived in Florence, author of The Prince. Back to Line
27] Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian polymath and artist. Back to Line
28] Fiorenza: Florence. Castiglione: Baldassare Castiglione (1478âŻÀŻ1529), Italian Renaissance writer and diplomat, author of The Courtier. Back to Line
35] Lot's wife turned to stone when she looked back on Sodom (Genesis 19). Back to Line
46] Seguso: possibly Toronto's Carling Bassett, now Bassett Seguso, a world-class tennis player who struggled with bulimia for years, but is now in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame; or the renowned the Venetian family associated with the production of fine glass since the 14th century.
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