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Paulus Cortesius (Paolo Cortesi) delineated the first time history of the contemporary Latin poetry in Italy. The title of his work is De hominibus doctis dialogus (1490–1491). The literary model is precisely the Brutus by Cicero. The interlocutors are the professor of Roman University, Antonio Augusto Baldo, successor of the famous Pomponio Leto and two young students, Paolo (that is Cortesius as a young man) and Alessandro Farnese (later the pope Paul III). This later one, offended in his national pride, is scandalized because the poet valued the best of his age is an alien, a Hungarian, that is “barbarus transmontanus”. The author of the dialogue in the role of master Antonio magisterially annihilates the attack of his aristocratically-minded student and glorifies the greatness of Janus, this “alien”.