Laetus, Julius Pomponius
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Leto, Giulio Pomponio; Italian philologist and poets. Also called (In)Fortunatus, Sabinus or Balbus. Born Diano 1428, died Rome 9. 6. 1498. From c. 1450, studies at Rome with Lorenzo Valla and Pietro Odo; from 1464/65 prof. of eloquence in Rome. Founded the Academia Romana around 1460.


L. was born in 1428, an illegitimate child of the noble Sanseverino family at Diano (now Teggiano, Campania). Having travelled to Sicily in his youth, he arrived at Rome around 1450 to hear Valla and Odo. Around 1460, he founded t…

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Riesenweber, Thomas, “Laetus, Julius Pomponius”, 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 17 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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