Carlo Troya

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Carlo Troya
Born (1784-06-07)June 7, 1784
Naples (Italy)
Died July 28, 1858(1858-07-28) (aged 74)
Naples (Italy)
Nationality  Italy
Citizenship Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Occupation Master of Law, historian
Known for Ferdinand II Prime Minister
Movement Neo-Guelph
Relatives Son of Michele Troja and brother of Ferdinando Troya (it)
Accademia della Crusca corresponding member

Carlo Troya (also spelled Troja; 7 June 1784 – 28 July 1858) was a historian and politician who served as Prime Minister of the Two Sicilies from 3 April 1848 until 15 May 1848. Politically, he was a liberal Neo-Guelph who supported Italian unification. His primary historical interest was the study of the Early Middle Ages, to which he made lasting contributions.


Born in Naples, Troya was the son of Michele Troja and the brother of Ferdinando Troya (it).

Master of Law, he was involved in 1820-1821 Neapolitan insurrections: holding the position of Basilicata Intendant, he worked for the liberal review “Minerva napolitana”, reason why he was sent into exile from 1824 to 1826. Back in Naples, without completely abandoning his political activity, he devoted his time to historical research in particular on the Middle Ages and Dante biography (Del Veltro allegorico di Dante).[1][note 1]

As historian he was the first who wrote about Jordanes confusion between Goths and Getae (a Getic people from Carpathian area).[2]

In 1844, he was one of the founders and President until 1847 of the Neapolitan Historic Society. He was also one of the contributors of the newspaper Il Tempo founded with Saverio Baldacchini (it).

Representative of the Neo-Guelph movement, he was appointed Prime Minister on 3 April 1848 by Ferdinand II according to the Constitution granted on 11 February 1848.

During the First Italian War of Independence, the Troya Government sent an expeditionary force of 15,000 men in Lombardia, commanded by Guglielmo Pepe.

On 15 May 1848, with a coup d'état, Ferdinand II dissolved the democratic Parliament, dismissed Carlo Troja and replaced his Ministry with one composed exclusively of conservative elements and led by Gennaro Spinelli di Cariati.

His brother Ferdinando Troya was Ferdinand II Prime Minister from 1852 to 1859.

On 29 August 1854, Carlo Troya was elected Accademia della Crusca corresponding member.

He died while living in Naples.

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  1. ^ Veltro is a italian Middle Ages word for Greyhound


  1. ^ Carlo Troya; Carlo Troya (conte) (1826). Del Veltro allegorico di Dante (in Italian). Molini. pp. 9–. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Carlo Troya (1842). Storia d'Italia del medio-evo (in Italian). Tip. del Tasso stamp. reale. pp. 1331–. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Giovanni Giuseppe Rossi (1851). Storia de' rivolgimenti politici nelle due Sicilie, dal 1847 al 1850. Fibreno. pp. 3–. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 

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