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a Sacra rappresentazione di San Giovanni e Paolo, and some Laudi spirituali. [Poesie, ed. G. Carducci, Firenze, 1859, contains the interesting letter on ancient Italian poetry which he wrote (1466) to Frederick of Aragon, son of the King of Naples.]

The Canzoni a ballo and Trionfi were written to be sung on festive occasions.

Poliziano (p. 195). Born at Montepulciano; fellow student with Lorenzo de' Medici. Professor of Latin and Greek Eloquence in the Florence Studio, 1480. Went as Oratore to Innocent VIII, 1485; held many benefices, though he took no orders; would probably have been made a cardinal if he had lived longer. Wrote many Latin works, translated part of the Iliad, and poems by Moschus and Callimachus into that language. Wrote lyrics in Italian, Stanze in praise of the Medici, and the Orfeo, a tragedy in five very short acts. [Rime, ed. Carducci, Firenze, 1863.]

Sannazaro (page 207). Born at Naples. Enjoyed the protection of Alfonso of Calabria, and fought in the war against Innocent VIII, 1485. Was a member of the Accademia at Naples. King Frederick gave him a villa at Mergellina, which was destroyed by the Prince of Orange in 1528, to his great disgust. He served the king faithfully, and raised money for him when he had fallen on evil days. He died in the house of Cassandra Marchese at Naples and was buried in a church which he had built. Chief works: L'Arcadia, Rime, Lettere. He wrote excellent Latin: Eclogues, Elegies, Epigrams, and a poem De Partu Virginis.

Di Tarsia (page 209). Probably Galeazzo II, fourth Baron of Belmonte, born in Cosenza; Reggente della Vicaria, 1509.

Machiavelli (page 210). Born at Florence. Secretary of the Dicci di Balía, 1498; ‘Florentine Secretary’ (i. e. of Florentine affairs with other States) 1499. Went on