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French term or phrase:quai des esclavons
English translation:Esclavons Quay
Entered by: Barbara Cochran, MFA
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02:07 Mar 15, 2008
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Art/Literary - History / Description Of Public Ceremony
French term or phrase: esclavons
Description of commoners as a doge was departing Venice. Scene which appears in one of 18th century painter Canalleto's paintings.

"Quelques-unes de ses toiles...cette pompeuse "Procession du Bucentaure," qui avait lieu le jeudi de l'ascension et attirait sur la quai des **esclavons** toute la population enivrée et avide d'assister à la triomphale promenade du grand vaisseau de la sérénissime République, à bord duquel le doge..."

Does this mean mean "as if the population were slaves?" Can't find "esclavons" anywhere.


Barbara Cochran, MFA
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Esclavons Quay
Hi there,

It may be referring to name of the quai in Venice - see link below and view painting 'Gondolier at Esclavons Quay'
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3 +5Esclavons Quay
4 +2(schiavoni) Riva degli Schiavoni
Rachel Fell
Claire Chapman



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Esclavons Quay

Hi there,

It may be referring to name of the quai in Venice - see link below and view painting 'Gondolier at Esclavons Quay'

    Reference: http://www.vallejogallery.com/showall.php?category=&catid=3
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Katarina Peters: I had just googled the same site!
46 mins

neutral  Joachim Siegert: It sure is a name: http://www.venice-sights.co.uk/riva-degli-schiavoni.htm I'm not quite sure whether this is to be translated though. "Quai des esclavons" is common, but "Esclavons' Quay" occurs far less frequently on English sites than the Italian name.
1 hr

agree  xxxgiltal: Yes, it is the "Esclavons Quay" in Venice. They also say "Esclavons Wharf".Just Google "esclavons venice".
2 hrs

agree  Gad Kohenov: Yes. It's in the Lido. Schiavoni is another name for Slavs ( mainly Croatians).
3 hrs

agree  Valerie Scaletta
4 hrs

neutral  Carol Gullidge: I'd be very wary of translating a proper name, and then giving it capital initials - implying this is tis actual name. Doing as giltal suggests produces a mere 5 entries - all French! Joachim's link shows how to do it - ie, not translate proper names.
6 hrs

agree  Mary Carroll Richer LaFlèche
1 day 4 hrs
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See the information below. Note references to the Sclavonian Quay.

> esclavon (adjectif, nom) - Sclavonian.

According to the bosniac entry in the Oxford English Dictionary, the first known use of bosniak in English was in "1836 Penny Cycl. V. 231/1 The inhabitants of Bosnia are composed of Bosniaks, a race of Sclavonian origin." and it arrived in English either via the French "Bosniaque", or the German "Bosniake", or the Russian "Bosnyak".

Slavonia (Croatian: Slavonija) is a geographical and historical region in eastern Croatia. It is a fertile agricultural and forested lowland bounded, in part, by the Drava river in the north, the Sava river in the south, and the Danube river in the east.

La Slavonie, en Croatie, est une vaste plaine agricole qui part de la capitale Zagre… **La région s'est longtemps appelée Esclavonie et ses habitants Esclavons.** Pendant l'empire romain, ses habitants étaient appelés les Sclavini. La région est devenue le réservoir d'esclaves de l'empire romain. Au moyen-âge le commerce des sclavini, esclavons ou esclaves continue avec l'Espagne musulmane et l'Afrique du Nord.

Venice: Napoleon's Italian Thorn
Napoleon heard without surprise that the Doge (chief magistrate ruler) had been raising new levies, and that the senate could command an army of 50,000, composed chiefly of fierce and semi-barbarous **Sclavonian** mercenaries.

The appointed hour came, and everything being ready I got safely into the boat, landed at the **Sclavonian quay**, ordered the boatman to wait for me, and wrapped up in a mariner's cloak I took my way straight to the gate of Saint-Sauveur, and engaged the waiter of a coffee-room to take me to Razetta's house.

• eBay: Venice Sclavonian Quay Color Dvd Back ca 1910
eBay: Find Venice - **Sclavonian Quay** - Color Dvd Back ca 1910 in the Collectibles , Postcards , Non-US Countries, Town Views , Italy category on eBay.
cgi.ebay.com/Venice-Sclavonian-Quay-Color-Dvd-Back-ca-1910_W0QQitem... - 86k

Note added at 2 hrs (2008-03-15 04:12:50 GMT)

Typo: in the translation box, it should be Sclavonian, not Slavonian.

Claire Chapman
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(schiavoni) Riva degli Schiavoni


Canaletto. Riva degli Schiavoni: Looking East. 1730. Oil on canvas. Tatton Park, Cheshire, National Trust, UK


Hotels on the Riva degli Schiavoni - Venice for Visitors
From a Venice hotel guide at Durant Imboden's Veniceforvisitors.com.
europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/piazza-san-marco-hotels-riva-degli-schiavoni.htm - 21k

Riva degli Schiavoni
The Riva degli Schiavoni offers superb views of the impressive Palladian architecture which dominates the skyline of San Giorgio.
www.venice-sights.co.uk/riva-degli-schiavoni.htm - 17k

Note added at 1 day8 hrs (2008-03-16 10:36:36 GMT)

I mean, due acknowledgement to Joachim Siegert, but I think the Italian name would be used, as are many such names for places in Venice in English

Note added at 3 days7 hrs (2008-03-18 09:28:52 GMT)

The Grand Canal Boat Tour - Venice, Italy
The Grand Canal Boat Tour ... 39+ sightseeing tours in Venice. Low prices guaranteed. Book online! ... Finishing point: Riva degli Schiavoni ...
www.travel-library.com/tours/europe/italy/venice/the_grand_... - 45k -

Hotel Danieli, Castello (Riva Degli Schiavoni) 4196, 30122 Venice
Hotel Danieli, Castello (Riva Degli Schiavoni) 4196, 30122 Venice. ... A private boat can take guests from the Hotel Danieli to the nearby Lido where ...

Venice International University
The single water bus fare is € 5.00 for one journey on the Venice network, .... The boat n. 20 to San Servolo leaves from the Riva degli Schiavoni, ...
www.dsi.unive.it/ppdp2006/travelinfo.html -

Riva degli Schiavoni - Venice - visitor information, travel ...
Visit Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice. ... Riva degli Schiavoni. Type of Site Streets & Squares ... Grand Canal Boat Tour (Find out more on Expedia.com) ...
www.homeandabroad.com/viewSiteDetails.ha?mainInfoId=65165 - 30k -

Rachel Fell
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Cervin
21 hrs
  -> Thank you Cervin:-)

agree  Joachim Siegert: Well thanks. I think you and Carol are right after all, it should be left in Italian. (The first link isn't too convincing though, since in this case "Riva degli Schiavoni" is the title of an artwork, but there's plenty other evidence)
1 day 19 hrs
  -> Thank you Joachim:-)
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