Lascaris had been Musurus' student in the 1480's, but what connected these three men was the Greek academy of Aldus Manutius in Venice, of which they had become members in the years following its foundation in 1501.
In the last part of Plato's speech, Musurus makes his second request to Leo X: he asks him to found a Greek academy in Rome (vv.
165-174), Plato compares the new Greek academy in Rome with his former academy in Athens, most explicitly in verses 165-166 and 173-174.
The last passage of Plato's speech consists of the praise pope Leo X deserves, if he fulfils Musurus' wish of founding a Greek academy in Rome (vv.
However, there seems to be a more specific reference to Cosimo di Medici (1389-1464), Leo's great-grandfather, who founded a Greek academy in Florence.