Concise Dictionary of Proper Names and Notable Matters in the Works of Dante

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in the poetical correspondence between D. and G. del Virgilio as Muso Phrygius, Ecl. R. 88. [Muso.]

Mutinenses, inhabitants of Modena (the Roman Mutina); their dialect and that of Ferrara have contributed to the Bolognese dialect a certain shrillness, characteristic of the Lombard dialects; this characteristic the reason why there have been no Modenese poets, V. E. i. 153-22. [Modena.]

Mutius. [Muzio.]

Muzio, Caius Mucius Scaevola, Roman citizen, who, when Lars Porsena, King of Clusium, was besieging Rome, made his way into the enemy's camp with the intention of killing Porsena, but stabbed the king's secretary by mistake. Being seized, Mucius was ordered by the king to be burned alive, whereupon he thrust his right hand into the fire, and held it in the flames without flinching. Porsena, struck with admiration at his fortitude, ordered him to be set free. From the circumstance of the loss of his right hand Mucius was thenceforward known as Scaevola ('left-handed').

D. mentions Mucius in connexion with this incident, Muzio, Par. iv. 84; Conv. iv. 5115-18; and, with a reference to Livy (ii. 12) as his authority, Mucius, Mon. ii. 5121-7.

Myrrha. [ Mirra.]


N

Nabuccodonosor, Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, B.C. 604- 561; mentioned in connexion with Daniel's interpretation of his dream, which he had forgotten, whereby the execution of the Babylonian wise men was stayed ( Dan. ii. 1-30), Par. iv. 13-15; and again in the same connexion (with especial reference to Dan. ii. 3), Nabuchodonosor, Epist. x. 28560. [ Daniello.]

Nabuchodonosor. [ Nabuccodonosor.]

Naiade, Naiads or fresh-water nymphs; D., following a corrupt reading of a passage in Ovid ( Metam. vii. 759-760), implies that the riddle of the Sphinx was solved by the Naiads (instead of by Laiades, i. e. Oedipus, son of Laius), Purg. xxxiii. 49-51 [Edipo: Sfinge: Temi]; D. speaks of Bologna under the guise of a nymph of the river Reno, Naias, Ecl. ii. 85. [ Reno2.] Naias. [Naiade.]

Namericus de Belnui, Aimeric de Belenoi, a troubadour (fl. c. 1250), native of Lesparre in the Bordelais. He was a nephew of Peire de Corbiac, and was at first a cleric, but subsequently adopted the profession of troubadour. His poems were chiefly amatory. His chief patrons were Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse ( 1194-1222), and Nunyo Sanchez, Count of Roussillon, on whose death (in 1241) he wrote a touching ' "Complaint"'.

D. mentions A. twice, and quotes the first line of his poem, ' Nuls hom

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • List of Abbreviations viii
  • A 1
  • B 62
  • C 99
  • D 172
  • E 199
  • F 218
  • G 248
  • H 291
  • I 293
  • J 309
  • L 318
  • M 343
  • N 382
  • O 391
  • P 401
  • Q 445
  • R 446
  • S 468
  • T 506
  • U 533
  • V 542
  • X 555
  • Z 555
  • Tables 557
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