M. A letter wider than the others, to indicate the breadth of the glory of Milan, Mediolanum. At the beginning and end of the words, it recalls the number one thousand, beyond which there is no single number that can be indicated by a single word. And so, it expresses a perfect number in its uniqueness, signifying that from the beginning until the end of the world Milan has been and will be counted among the perfect cities.

O. Round and perfect in shape, more worthy and more beautiful than all others, to express roundness, beauty, dignity and perfection. Our city is indeed round in the literal sense and more beautiful and perfect than all other cities.

L. The length and height of nobility and glory. 

It should also be noted that there are all five vocals in this word, each occupying one place in each syllable.

It follows that, just as the word Mediolanum lacks no vocal, so too the city lacks no actual good that is necessary for man’s five senses.

And just as the words of all other cities lack any of the five vowels, so too those cities compared with Milan lack any good.

Marco Goran Romano

Posted on: 28 October 2021, by : Alessandro Ulleri