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, Diomedes Cato, also called Diomedes Venetus, was born in Venice and died in Poland. He was a famous lutenist and is referred to in contemporary sources and reports as Diomedes. The treasurer of the Polish territories under Prussian rule, Stanislas Kostka, invited him to Poland before 1588 where remained. He served King Sigismund III and was very much respected by his contemporaries. Jean-Baptiste Besard, a famous French lutenist, referred to him as "a resurrected Apollo". Cato composed preludes, fantasies, fugues, dances and madrigals.