Ficino, Marsilio
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Marsilius Ficinus; Italian Humanist and philosopher. Born Figline (Arno Valley) 19. 10. 1433, the son of Diotifeci, personal physician to Cosimo de’ Medici the Elder, died Careggi 1. 10. 1499. 1448/49 studied medicine at Florence, then briefly at Bologna in 1457. From 1451 studied philosophy and arts at Florence. Founded Platonic Academy at Florence around 1452 (?). 1473 holy orders. Canonicus at Florence Cathedral from 1487; buried there.


In 1454, while still a student at Florence, F. (his name Fecino…

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Zintzen, Clemens, “Ficino, Marsilio”, 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 21 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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