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ANDES a village in the neighbourhood of Mantua, known only from the circumstance of its having been the actual birthplace of Virgil (Donat. Vit. Virgil. 1; Hieron. Chron. p. 396), who is, however, commonly called a native of Mantua, because Andes belonged to the territory of that city. It is commonly supposed to be represented by the modern village of Pietola, on the banks of the Mincius, about 2 miles below Mantua, but apparently with no other authority than local tradition, which is in general entitled to but little weight. (See Millin, Voyage dans le Milanais, vol. ii. p. 301.)


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