Guarino da Verona

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Guarino da Verona
Guarino da Verona
Born 1370 (1370)
Died December 14, 1460 (1460-12-15) (aged 90)
Occupation Italian translator

Guarino da Verona (1370 – December 14, 1460) was an early figure in the Italian Renaissance.


He was born in Verona, Italy, and later studied Greek at Constantinople, where for five years he was the pupil of Manuel Chrysoloras. When he set out to return home, he had with him two cases of precious Greek manuscripts which he had taken great pains to collect. It is said that the loss of one of these by shipwreck caused him such distress that his hair turned grey in a single night. On arriving back in Italy, he earned a living as a teacher of Greek, first in Verona and afterwards in Venice and Florence. In 1436, he became a professor of Greek at Ferrara through the patronage of Leonello, the marquis of Este. His method of instruction was renowned and it attracted many students from Italy and the rest of Europe as distant as England. Many of them, notably Vittorino da Feltre, afterwards became well-known scholars and, as Vittorino would later, he would support poor students from his own funds. From 1438 on he interpreted for the Greeks at the councils of Ferrara and Florence. He died at Ferrara in 1460.

His principal works are translations of Strabo and of some of the Lives of Plutarch, a compendium of the Greek grammar of Chrysoloras, and a series of commentaries on Persius, Martial, the Satires of Juvenal, and on some of the writings of Aristotle and Cicero.

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Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

Omont, Henri: Portrait de Guarino de Veronese, Bulletin de la Societé Nationale des Antiquaires de France, 1904, 323-326. (Book mentioned in this article, there is today: University of Minnesota, James Ford Bell Library, ms. 1460/f St.)