Alberti's Theater Play "Philodoxus" (1424) ...
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... has 3 pairs of men and women
Philodoxus ("I love Doxia"), the good hero, admires and finally gets Doxia (= Glory)
Fortunius ("Luck"), the bad hero, also wants Doxia, but is finally content with Phimia (= Fama)
Phroneus (somehow the person of Alberti himself, the friend of the good hero) detects his earlier wife Mnimia (somehow "Memory")
Phimia speaks and acts only in scene VII, there she plays the chaperon to protect the reputation of Philodoxus and Doxia.
In scene XII Phimia is the victim. Fortunius wanted to kidnap Doxia, but Doxia escaped. So he took Phimia. But the scene is not played, but only described by later talking.
In scene XVIII and XIX Tychia (= Fortuna) brokers a trade with Chronos (= Father Time), that Fortunius is excused, if he marries Phimia. Again Phimia is not present herself.
Doxia = Gloria must be the Beauty of the show.
Phimia = Fama, her sister, should be nice, but not as nice as Doxia
Mnimia = Memory should be nasty, but presents the "really good one", and she is closely connected (she's the guardian) to Alithia = Truth, which is the daughter of Chronos.
Alithia ("Truth") speaks 4 times:
1. "what else? When they had grabbed Phimia, they left." (on the request of Mnimia, scene 11)
2. "Shall we go home then?" (at begin scene XIII)
3. "Hello, Father" (to Chronos, Scene XIX)
4. "Yes, Father" (answering Cronos, scene XIX)
Well, really a good daughter of Time. Not too much words, only the essentials. "Phimia was kidnapped" ... that's the story.
Mnimia (Memory) instead gives all the words, which display the details.
Phimia (Fame) has 4 longer sentences in the scene VII ... and after that she becomes the center of the scandal, about which the other talk, but she isn't on stage:
Always she talks about the risk to lose the reputation - of Doxia and Philodoxus. Well, and then she loses all reputation herself.
Scene 11 is the star scene of Fortunius, and it's the last appearance of Fortunius on stage:
Fortunius relates himself to Apoll. Apoll attempted to get Daphne, but Daphne escaped. Fortunius attempts to get Doxia, but Doxia escapes to the roof.
The kidnappers grab Phimia instead.
Finally ... all agree, that it might be best for the reputation of Phimia, if Fortunius marries Phimia.
And Doxia gets Philodoxus, and Phroneus is happy to have found his Mnimia again.
For more studies, see ...
http://parnaseo.uv.es/Celestinesca/Nume ... umento.pdf
It's clear, that Phimia = Fama has a dubious role with all her interests for good reputation. That's the state of 1424, when Alberti wrote this theater play. Petrarca's poem "Trionfi" likely hadn't the same fame as in the 1440s or 1470s.
Another early Fame description we've with Chaucer's "House of Fame", "probably written between 1379 and 1380".
The text is here:
http://ummutility.umm.maine.edu/necastr ... hf/hf.html