Ferrante de Gemmis
Ferrante de Gemmis (April 14, 1732 – April 21, 1803) was an Italian philosopher and literary man.
He was educated in Naples where he degreed in law. He inherited the properties of his uncle Minister Ferrante Maddalena.
He was a friend of Antonio Genovesi and he founded an Academy in Terlizzi becoming a primary exponent of Illuminism in the region Apulia. He refused to become a judge in order to go on writing on philosophy but he wrote in anonymity for modesty. His portrait is in the Dictionary of the notable people of the Reign of Naples.
He died in Terlizzi on April 21, 1803.
- Gaetano Valente Feudalesimo e feudatari Terlizzi nel Settecento, Mezzina, 2004. Molfetta ;
- Cabreo de Gemmis, Biblioteca Provinciale "de Gemmis", Bari.