Of Venecia. chap. 171.
VEnecia is sayd of olde men the Pro∣uince of Uenir, the which Prouince stretcheth from the cliffe of ye sea Adria∣ticum, vnto the riuer Padus, which de∣parteth betwéene ye cities & countries of the nether & the ouer Liguns, that is to say, betwéene Pergamenses & Medola∣nensis, so it stretched somtime, as ye most true writer of stories of Lombards & of Ligures telleth. In the coasts of ye fore∣said sea afore and nigh to this prouince ye citie of Uenice is now builded: in this prouince are many other noble Cityes. For as Isi. saith li. 16. Montus was buil∣ded of Mantis, the daughter of Resia, which after the destruction of Thebes came into Italy & standeth in Uenecia, & in the French tongue is called Alpina. Also Uenecia is a prouince of Italia, yt had Lordship of many lands & cities in ye sea & land in olde time: and now at this day the might therof & Lordship stretch∣eth right far in the sea, & euen vnto Gre∣cia, & reacheth frō the countries of Ger∣mania, and subdueth the theft & tiranny of skimmours & sea théeues of Dalma∣cia and of Sclauia, and represseth them. And gouerneth & ruleth most rightfully Ilandes, hauens, and coast of the Sea, that be vnder the Lordshippe thereof. And defendeth mightely their subiects a∣gainst enimies, & hold the common pro∣fit and ciuill vnder rightfull lawes. And suffereth within their bounds no sed to abide, that is contrarye to Gods lawe. I thinke it wer superfluitie to reckend the godnesse & worthines of these men. For the vertue & might, aduisement, and readinesse, and great accorde and loue of all righteousnesse and mildnesse of men of Uenecia are now knowen nigh to all nations, as saith the roiall writer of the storie of Langobardes.
(*Read Ortelius concerning Venice, and also Munsterus.)