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(Plutus, who appears as a devil in _Inf. _ vii. was probably taken by Dante for an antique god; but the name may also be a classicising translation of Mammon.)
The translation mania and the classicising mania together led to the production of perhaps the most absurd book in all literature -- a book which deserves extended notice here, partly because it has only recently become accessible to the general reader in its original form, and partly because it is, though a caricature, yet a very instructive caricature of the tendencies and literary ideas of the time.
His real name was Wittag, an ancient family of Wesel, on the Rhine, from which town either he or his father adopted the name of Vesalius, according to the classicising fashion of those days.
The classicising detailing of the door-cases with dates in Roman numerals, the classical gatepiers and the pyramid-roofed lodges, masquerading as shops and barbers, are refugees from a country estate, with the implied de haut en bas relationship of squire to tenant.