Aurispa, Giovanni
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Italian Humanist and diplomat. Born 1376 at Nei (Noto), Sicily, died 1459 in Ferrara. Initial education at Naples; journeyed to the east in the service of merchants; 1404–1410 studied law at Bologna. Travelled widely, especially to Italian cities and to the east, e.g. 1419/20 in the retinue of Pope Martin V to Florence and Rome, 1421 on behalf of Gian Francesco Gonzaga to the Byzantine Emperor Manuel Palaeologus in Constantinople, where he was secretary to John Palaeologus 1422–1423. 1425 prof. of Greek at the Studio in Florence…

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Hintzen, Beate, “Aurispa, Giovanni”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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