Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa

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Author: Edward Hutton
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 159,040 / 447 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 354
Added to site: 2005.08.09
mnybks.net#: 10788
Genre: History
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taly, I said in speaking of her, and indeed it is one of the derivations of her name Genoa,--Janua the gate, founded, as the fourteenth-century inscription in the Duomo asserts, by Janus, a Trojan prince skilled in astrology, who, while seeking a healthy and safe place for his dwelling, sailed by chance into this bay, where was a little city founded by Janus, King of Italy, a great-grandson of Noah, and finding the place such as he wished, he gave it his name and his power. Now, whether the great-grandson of Noah was truly the original founder of the city, or Janus the Trojan, or another, it is certainly older than the Christian religion, so that some have thought that Janus, that old god who once presided at the beginning of all noble things, was the divine originator of this city also. And remembering the sun that continually makes Genoa to seem all of precious stone, of moonstone or alabaster, it seems indeed likely enough, for Janus was worshipped of old as the sun, he opened the year too, and the first m

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