Giovanni Filoteo Achillini

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A well-known engraving of Giovanni Filoteo Achillini; Suonatore di viola da mano, by Marcantonio Raimondi, ca. 1510. It was produced from a lost original painting by Francesco Francia.

Giovanni Filoteo Achillini (Latin Joannes Philotheus Achillinus; 1466–1538) was an Italian philosopher.

Born in Bologna, he was the younger brother of philosopher Alessandro.

He applied himself to Greek, Latin, theology, philosophy, music, antiquities, jurisprudence, poetry, etc., but did not excel in any specific field.[1] His poetry is the most noteworthy of his work; written in what has since been considered the bad taste that prevailed at the end of the 15th century, however, his works have left scarcely any memory of their existence but their titles.[2] One of the principal was titled Viridario and contained the eulogy of many of his contemporaries in literature, with lessons of morality.[2] He also wrote some remarks on Italian [3] to the disparagement of Tuscan, and the praise of Bolognese, which he had used in his poems.[1] Of antiquities, he had accumulated ample collections.[2]

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  • Traversa, Paoloa Maria (1992). Il Fidele di Giovanni Filoteo Achillini: Poesia, sapienza e "divina" conoscenza (in Italian). p. 192. ISBN 88-7000-195-4. 


  1. ^ a b Rose, Hugh James (1857). "Achillini, Giovanni Filoteo". A New General Biographical Dictionary. London: B. Fellowes et al. 
  2. ^ a b c This article incorporates content from John Aikin's General Biography, a publication in the public domain.
  3. ^ Achillini, Giovanni Filoteo (1536). Annotazioni della Lingua Volgare (8 vols. ed.). Bologna.