What does this Italian phrase from 1634 mean?
October 9, 2012 12:38 PM Subscribe
Anyone know what the Italian in this quote from a book about Commedia dell Arte means?
"Aldeano in 1634 expected these lawyers of Francolino to have an oily toga, loose hair, and 'habiti alla ciala bardessa'."
posted by starvingartist to Writing & Language (6 answers total)
Given that the quote is from 1634, it's likely that the Italian is old and/or colloquial, and doesn't translate well into modern English. A friend of mine who is an opera director and speaks moderately good Italian guessed that it means, "Dressed in the body of a female bard", or "impersonating a female bard".