Janus Bey

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Letter of Francis I to the Drogman Janus Bey, 28 December 1546, delivered by D'Aramon.

Janus Bey, in Turkish Yunus Bey (born in Modon at the end of the 15th century; died 1551) was an Ottoman Empire interpreter and ambassador (a dragoman) who was active in Europe in the 1530s. In 1532 he visited Venice and had meetings with the Venetian government.[1] He was considered as the ambassador for the Ottoman Empire, was well received, and was the beneficiary of large presents from the Venetians.[2] In 1532, he apparently worked with French ambassador Antonio Rincon to obtain a safe-conduct for the Ottoman embassy to France (1533).[3] In 1537 he was co-author with Alvise Gritti of an Italian booklet, published in Venice, on the government of the Ottoman Empire. The title was Opera noua la quale dechiara tutto il gouerno del gran Turcho.[4]

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  1. ^ Garnier, p.64-65
  2. ^ Venice reconsidered: the history and civilization of an Italian city-state by John Jeffries Martin p.177 [1]
  3. ^ Garnier, p.64-65
  4. ^ Modern edition of the Italian text


  • Garnier, Edith L'Alliance Impie Editions du Felin, 2008, Paris ISBN 978-2-86645-678-8 Interview
  • Krstić, Tijana "Of Translation and Empire: sixteenth-century Ottoman imperial interpreters as Renaissance go-betweens" in Christine Woodhead, The Ottoman World (Abingdon: Routledge, 2011) pp. 130-142, especially 132-134 Preview at Google Books