Ioannis Kigalas

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Ioannis Kigalas
(Ιωάννης Κιγάλας)
Ioannis Kigalas (1622-1687) Cyprus.jpg
A portrait of Ioannis Kigalas.
Born Ioannis Kigalas (Ιωάννης Κιγάλας)
Nicosia, Ottoman Cyprus
Died 1687
Occupation Philosophy, Medicine, Law
Literary movement Italian Renaissance

Ioannis Kigalas (Greek: Ιωάννης Κιγάλας),[2] (Italian: Giovanni Cigala, Cicala),[3] (Latin: Joannes Cigala; c. 1622 – c. 5 November 1687)[4] was a Greek Cypriot[1] scholar and professor of Philosophy and Logic[5] who was largely active in Padova and Venice in the 17th-century Italian Renaissance.


Ioannis Kigalas was a Greek[1] born in the city of Nicosia on the island of Cyprus, then in the Ottoman Empire in 1622.[5] His father was Matthaios. Ioannis moved to Italy in his youth to pursue his education. From 1635 he was enrolled in the college of Saint Athanasios in Rome where he was soon joined by his brothers Dimtrios and Ieronymos who studied at the same college. In 1642 he graduated as Doctor of Philosophy and Theology and was employed as a teacher of the Greek language from 1642 to 1650.[5] Kigalas soon moved to Venice where he briefly practiced law. He later moved to Padova where in 1666 he was appointed Professor of Philosophy and Logic at the University.[5] He continued to work at the University of Padova gradually rising to higher positions. Kigalas was selected as Professor to the second chair of Philosophy in 1678 and by 1687 he was appointed Professor to the first chair of Philosophy.[5] He wrote several epigrams in Greek. Several of his works have survived in books of other scholars. Kigalas died on 5 November 1687.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Serena, Sebastiano; Barbarigo, Gregorio (1963). S. Gregorio Barbarigo e la vita spirituale e cultuale nel suo Seminario di Padova; lettre e saggi editi dagli amici in memoria. Editrice Antenore. p. 495. OCLC 6706000. Giovanni Cicala, greco di Cipro, prof. di Filosofia nella Università ... Al qual fine permetteva tutta la confidenza con il Cigala e con il Papadopoli, ambedue greci nativi e Lettori pubblici nell’Universita di Padova, coi quail si tratteneva, in frequenti discorsi sopra questa material, le mezze giornate intiere… 
  2. ^ Risse, Wilhelm (1998). Syllabus auctorum. G. Olms. p. 68. ISBN 9783487105475. Cigala, Joannes [Ιωάννης Κιγάλλας] • (1623- 1687) prof. phil. Patavii 
  3. ^ Archivio storico per la Calabria e la Lucania, Volumes 39-41. s.n. 1971. p. 188. Cicala Giovanni, Cipriotto 
  4. ^ Doron, Josette; Jacovides-Andrieu, Anna Olivia (1993). Prose et poésie chypriotes: anthologie bilingue. Association des amis de la Grèce. p. 41. ISBN 9782950812902. Ioannis Voustronios (1580-2e moitié du XVIIe siècle) Ioannis Kigalas (1622-1687) frère d'Ilarion Kigalas, 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin. Institut für Griechisch-Römische Altertumskunde, Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin. Zentralinstitut für Alte Geschichte und Archäologie (1956). Berliner byzantinistische Arbeiten, Volume 40. Akademie-Verlag. pp. 209–210. John Cigala (born at Nicosia 1622). He studied at the College of Saint Athanasios, Rome (1635-1642), which he graduated as Doctor of Philosophy and Theology and at which he taught Greek successfully for eight years (1642-1650). From Rome he moved to Venice, where he practised law for a short time, therefore he may have also studied law. - In 1666 he was appointed Professor of Philosophy and Logic at the University of Padova. In 1678 he was appointed Professor to the second chair of Philosophy of the same University and in 1687 (214) to the first. From some time before 1678 he had also been censor of the books published by the S. Ufficio, Venice, which presupposed his Catholic loyalty, actually praised by D’ Alviani. His Greek and theological wisdom, his modesty, piety and other humane virtues are praised by Petin, Nicholas Bouboulios and D’ Alviani. In 1685 he appears as bestman at the marriage of Antonia daughter of Const. Tzane the Cretan painter to Mario Botza. What has survived of his work as a number of epigrams published in books of other scholars. Because of his duties as censor he seems to have lived in Venice from time to time. He died on the 5/11/1687. 

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