(29.) This is accompanies by an authorial comment -- in the year of the Columbian landfall in the Americas -- on the pervasive influence of Lust for Dominion ("regnandi caeca Cupido"): "Hec Diva extremas Europe ferture ad oras / Ac Indos petit, et Garamantes sole perustos / Ambit et Hispani sedes; haec Sauromatrasque / Non haec Germanos, non praetermittit et urbes / Chaoniae, Insubres
, Athesim, Venetosque porentes / Et totum Italiae tractum, Danaosque penates, / Gallica regna simul Rhodanus, qua fertur in aequor" (199-205, fols.
Marcellus defeats the Insubres at C!astidium (222 B.C.).
Two scenes are particularly indicative of the designer's outlook: near Milan, Claudius Marcellus overcame the Celtic tribe of Insubres at Clastidium; years later, after two resounding victories (absent from the Galleria maps), Marcellus perished in a Lucanian skirmish while reconnoitering Hannibal's forces.
Whereas Pyrrhus, king of Epirus, is famous as an enemy of Rome (282-72 B.C.), few remember that Alexander the Molossian, king of Epirus, was overcome by the Lucanians and Samnites.(58) The event is even more minor than the victory of Marcellus over the Insubres. Reference books reassure us.
Everyone presumably knew about Cannae and Attila, but the vignettes include many obscure incidents, such as Marcellus overcoming the Insubres, the Battle of San Ruffillo, and St.