Gjon Muzaka

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Gjon Muzaka
sonsTheodore, Adrian and Constantine
Full name
Gjon Gjin Muzaka
Died1515 or later
Noble familyMuzaka family
FatherGjin Muzaka

Gjon Muzaka (fl. 1510; Italian: Giovanni Musachi di Berat) was an Albanian nobleman from the Muzaka family, that has historically ruled in the Myzeqe region, Albania.[1] In 1510 he wrote a Breve memoria de li discendenti de nostra casa Musachi (Short memoir on the descendants of our Myzeqe lineage). The work was published in Karl Hopf's Chroniques gréco-romaines, Paris 1873, pp. 270–340.[2]

According to his memoirs, Gjon's father died before Ottomans captured Berat in 1417.

The memoir of Gjon Muzaka (1515)[edit]

His memoir is considered to be the oldest substantial text written by an Albanian. It was originally written in Latin and his name was listed as Giovanni Musachi.[3] In it he mentions several interesting things that were confirmed to have been accurate by Noel Malcolm.[4] Among other things he claims that, according to family history, the name "Musachi" is derived from a corrupted form of the name "Molossachi", ancient tribesmen of Epirus known as the Molossians.[3]


His name is mentioned in sources in several different versions, like John, Giovanni[5] Ivan,[6] and Jovan.[7]


  1. ^ Braudel, Fernand (1995). The Mediterranean and the mediterranean world in the age of Philip II, Volume 2. p. 664. ISBN 0-520-20330-5.
  2. ^ "John Musachi: Brief Chronicle on the Descendants of our Musachi Dynasty".
  3. ^ a b Elsie, Robert (2003). "1515 | John Musachi: Brief Chronicle on the Descendants of our Musachi Dynasty". www.albanianhistory.net. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  4. ^ Noel Malcolm (1998). Kosovo: A Short History. HarperPerennial. p. 62. ISBN 0-06-097775-2.
  5. ^ Robert Elsie (2010). Historical Dictionary of Albania. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 315. ISBN 978-0-8108-6188-6. John Musachi (Ital. Giovanni Musachi)
  6. ^ The complaints of Macedonia: memoranda, petitions, resolutions, minutes, letters and documents, addressed to the League of Nations, 1919-1939. International Documentation on Macedonia. 1979. p. 17. Ivan Musachi
  7. ^ Spiridion Gopčević (1889). Makedonien und Alt-Serbien (in German). L. W. Seidel. p. 305. Jovan Musaki