Ignazio Guidi

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Ignazio Guidi (1844 – 18 April 1935) was an Italian orientalist. He became Professor at the University of Rome. He is known as a Hebraist and for many translations.

He learned semitic languages from Pius Zingerle and Father Vincenti, and taught himself Ge'ez.[1]

He discovered the Khuzistan Chronicle,[2] and edited the Chronicle of Edessa.

He also edited for the first time a letter of Simeon of Beth Arsham about the martyrs of Najran, the oldest evidence for this historical event.

He was the student of the Ethiopian scholar Däbtära Keflä-Giorgis, who played a "crucial role as teacher of the person who could be described as the father of Ethiopian studies in Italy, Ignazio Guidi."[3]


  • 1881: La lettera di Simeone vescovo di Bêth-Arśâm sopra i Martiri omeriti. Roma, Salviucci.
  • 1895: Il "Gadla 'Aragâwî" : memoria del socio Ignazio Guidi : letta nella seduta del 21 giugno 1891. Roma : Tip. della R. Accademia dei Lincei.
  • 1897: Il Fetha Nagast o "Legislazione dei Ref", Codice ecclesiastico e civile di Abissinia pubblicato da Ignazio Guidi. Roma: Casa editr. italiana.
  • 1900: (with: Rudolf-Ernst Brünnow, et al.) Tables alphabétiques du Kitâb al-aġânî ... Leiden, E.J. Brill.
  • 1901: (with: Francesco Gallina & Enrico Cerulli) Vocabolario amarico-italiano. Roma: Casa Editrice Italiana.
  • 1903: Chronica minora. 2 vols. (Corpus scriptorum Christianorum Orientalium) Lipsiae: Harrassowitz.
  • 1903: Annales Iohannis I, Iyāsu I, Bakāffā. Parisiis : E Typographeo Reipublicae.
  • 1931: Storia della letteratura etiopica



  1. ^ http://www.sissco.it//index.php?id=597, in Italian.
  2. ^ http://www.quicklatin.com/wiki/index.php?title=The_Khuzistan_Chronicle
  3. ^ Zewde., Bahru (2002). Pioneers of change in Ethiopia : the reformist intellectuals of the early twentieth century. Oxford: J. Currey. ISBN 0821414461. OCLC 50004835.