The Renaissance ideals that prevailed,
The Italians familiar with the history
Of the gods by the turn of the 15th century,
Painting, architecture, the liberal arts flourish
At the courts of noble rulers,
Above all, Venice was home
To a celebrated school of painting,
They were the greatest masters of the period.
Hundreds claimed to be gods,
To take young virgins to their bed,
But only take if he is genuine,
If so, he will give you his pledge of love,
Then ask him to take her
In all his majestic splendour
He can show her.
Ovid, Metamorphoses, “Semele” p. 106, v 280-285.