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Galeazzo's: Galeazzo was prob. the father of the girl who had been seduced by Sigismundo. 59. l430·1470, Sigismundo's mistress and later (1456) his third wife [8:21]. His love for her is celebrated all over the Tempio, espe· ciaUy in her monumental tomb, by the inter· twined initials S and I. She bore him at least two sons, both before marriage: Sallustio (1448) and Valerio (1453) [cf. 61,79, 80, 81 below]. 60. Mi pare ... " 61. All the children: At least seven illegiti· mate children of Sigismundo were living in 1454.

Cosimo: C. de' Medici, 1389-1464, Florentine banker, patron of the arts, founder of the elder branch of the family, called Pater Patriae by his fellow citizens. It was his gress at Mantua in 1459. All the delegates policy to work in close association with agreed that the countries nearest the Turks Francesco Sforza [ef. 8:15, 38; 21/96, 97; 26/123,124]. should do the fighting, while the Italians should supply the funds. Sigismundo alone proposed the opposite on two grounds: (1) the countries nearest the Turks, having been defeated, were already demoralized; (2) the Italians, being more quick-witted and also better fighters, should do the fighting, while the others should foot the bill [Pius II, Commentaries III; 11 :21; 26/125].

38. POLUMETIS: H, "many·minded," that is, versatile, stock Homeric epithet for Odysseus [Od. 11:29;GK,146]. 39. Feddy: 25 above] . Federigo d'Urbino [cf. 14, 40. Alessandro: A. Sforza, Lord of Pesaro [cf. 8:40,25 above]. 41. Broglio: [8:41]. 42. mTha calata: I [slang], "he's tricked me" [Tonini, 198·203]. Pound uses the phrase again in his translation of Sophocles' Trachiniae. 43. Istria: Peninsula at N end of Adriatic. Istrian marble was used in building the city of Venice [17/79]. Sigismundo had ordered a large quantity of marble from Istria for his Tempio; the delayed delivery is mentioned in Pietro di Genari's [cf.

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