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I am for it Lieutenant, and I'll do you justice.



I enjoy and value the responsibility of the role of governor of Cyprus, but I also enjoy the fact that life on the island is a little less formal and strict than back home in Venice as this gives me time for relaxation. There is nothing more I enjoy than a good time with some of the officers stationed here in Cyprus. I always feel that you can trust soldiers – men you have fought side by side with are always strong and reliable. I have great respect for our commander, brave Othello.


Cassio >>


Cassio, Othello


‘Signoir Montano’ (Messenger, 1.3.39), ‘Sir Montano’ (Iago, 2.3.147) , ‘Worthy Montano’ (Othello, 2.3.179), ‘Gentleman’ (Iago, 2.3.217)



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Photo: Cesare De Giglio

Photo: Ellie Kurttz


  1. Othello >>

    you were wont to be civil. / The gravity and stillness of your youth / The world hath noted, and your name is great / In mouths of wisest censure.
  2. Iago >>

    Cassio did some little wrong to him, As men in rage strike those that wish them best (2.3.231)
  3. Emilia >>

    is of great fame in Cyprus / And great affinity


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His Family
His family has links with the Duke and the other leading families in Venice.

Who is he?
Montano is the governor of Cyprus which has strong ties to Venice. Cyprus is a strategically important part of the Venetian empire so Montano has a significant role to play.

Family background
Montano is well-connected in Venice through his family. His connections have ensured that he has retained his post in strategically challenging and difficult times with the constant threat from the east. Montano is a relaxed but hands-on governor prepared to become fully involved in such matters as settling disputes amongst the soldiers garrisoned on the island. He is respected by those who work for and with him.