Aulo Giano Parrasio

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Giovan Paolo Parisio (1470–1522), who used the classicised pseudonym Aulo Giano Parrasio or Aulus Janus Parrhasius, was a humanist scholar and grammarian from Cosenza, in Calabria in southern Italy.[1] He was thus sometimes known as "Cosentius". He was a member of the Accademia Pontaniana of Naples, and founded the Accademia Cosentina, an accademia or learned society in Cosenza, in 1511–12.[2]:20

He was resident in Milan in the first years of the sixteenth century, and was noted as a teacher. He married a daughter of Demetrius Chalcondyles.[3]

He is known for his commentary on the De Raptu Proserpinae of Claudian. Some letters of his on philology were later published, in 1567, as Liber De rebus epistolam quaesitis.


  1. ^ Fausto Ghisalberti (1935). Parrasio, Aulo Giano (in Italian). Enciclopedia Italiana. Roma: Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana. Accessed August 2015.
  2. ^ Pietro de Seta (1965). L'Accademia Cosentina: Analisi critica delle correnti filosofiche, letterarie, scientifiche, dal Cinquecento umanistico all'Ottocento romantico; e profili storico-critici dei massimi esponenti della cultura accademica di Calabria (in Italian). Cosenza: Editrice Casa del Libro Dott. Gustavo Brenner.
  3. ^ Julia Gaisser (2003) Review of: Parrhasiana II, collection by Giancarlo Abbamonte, Lucia Gualdo Rosa, Luigi Munzi. Atti del II Seminario di Studi su Manoscritti Medievali e Umanistici della Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli. Napoli, 20-21 ottobre 2000. Naples: Annali dell'Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli (AION), 2002. ISBN ISSN 1128-7209. Accessed August 2015.