Bernardo Davanzati

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Bernardo Davanzati (1529 – 1606) was an Italian agronomist, economist and translator.

Bernardo Davanzati, portrait by Cristofano Allori

Davanzati was major translator of Tacitus. He also attempted the concision of Tacitus in his own Italian prose, taking a motto Strictius Arctius reflecting his ambition.[1][2]

He wrote on economics as a metallist.[3] His works included Notizie dei cambi (1582) and Lezione delle monete (1588).[4]

Diagram illustrating the working of exchange rates from Davanzati's Notizie dei cambi

His Scisma d'Inghilterra was first published in 1602 in Rome. It was a concise version of a work of Girolamo Pollini, on the English Reformation, which itself was dependent on a Latin work of 1585 written by Nicholas Sander and Edward Rishton. John Milton used its imprimaturs (from the 1638 edition) as an illustration on his Areopagitica.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ John Humphreys Whitfield; John Robert Woodhouse (1980). Short History of Italian Literature. Manchester University Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-7190-0782-8. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Arnaldo Momigliano (1990). The Classical Foundations of Modern History. University of California Press. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-520-07870-3. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Joseph Alois Schumpeter (1954). History Of Economic Analysis. Allen & Unwin. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-415-10888-1. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Alessandro Roncaglia (2005). The Wealth of Ideas: A History of Economic Thought. Cambridge University Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-521-84337-9. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Michael Wyatt (1 December 2005). The Italian Encounter with Tudor England: A Cultural Politics of Translation. Cambridge University Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-521-84896-1. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Barbara K. Lewalski, The Life of John Milton Blackwell (2003), p. 573 note 28.
  7. ^ Alan Rudrum; Joseph Black; Holly Faith Nelson (11 August 2000). The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose. Broadview Press. p. 566. ISBN 978-1-55111-053-0. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 

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