Markos Antonios Katsaitis

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Markos Antonios Katsaitis (Μάρκος-Αντώνιος Κατσάϊτις)
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A portrait of Markos Antonios Katsaitis

Markos Antonios Katsaitis

(Μάρκος-Αντώνιος Κατσάϊτις)
Corfu, Republic of Venice
Died 1787
Athens, Ottoman Greece
Occupation Scholar, lawyer, geographer
Nationality Greek[1]

Markos Antonios Katsaitis (Greek: Μάρκος-Αντώνιος Κατσάϊτις, Italian: Marco Antonio Cazzaiti, Latin: Marcus Antonius Cazzaiti, French: Marc-Antoine Cazzaiti, 1717 – 1787) was an 18th-century Greek scholar, geographer and lawyer.[1]


Markos Antonios Katsaitis was a Greek[1][2][3][4][5] who was born on the Ionian island of Corfu in 1717 to a noble family.[1] In his early adolescence he moved to Constantinople where he lived for several years. He became associated with the Phanariotes, a Greek elite based in the Fanar district of Constantinople. Katsaitis travelled to Moldavia and Wallachia from Constantinople in 1742 to meet and secure an audience with the prince of Wallachia Constantine Mavrocordatos (1711-1769). He traveled to Wallachia with the entourage of the Wallachian rulers son Constantin Cantemir.[1] During his travel through the Balkans, Katsaitis documented his travels in a detailed diary. When he finally reached Wallachia he met Mavrokordatos who accepted Katsaitis, the young nobleman into his Court.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Bracewell, Wendy (2009). Orientations: an anthology of East European travel writing, ca. 1550-2000. Central European University Press. pp. 49–50. ISBN 9789639776104. A Venetian Greek in the Ottoman Balkans Marco Antonio Cazzaiti, 1 742 Marco Antonio Cazzaiti (Markos Antonios Katsaites, 1717-1787) was a nobleman from Venetian Corfu, a lawyer and geographer. In 1742 he traveled from Constantinople to Moldovia and Wallachia in the retinue of Constantine Cantemir, son of a ruler of Wallachia, who was escorting his daughter to Iasi. Katsaites kept a detailed diary of his travels, written in Italian. It is not clear whether he intended his diary for publication or whether the entries were meant as notes for a travelogue which he never completed. Greek in origin and consciousness, but dressed in western clothes and feeling much more at ease in Italian than in Greek, Katsaites travels through the Balkans and describes in vivid detail the conditions of travel, the places he stays in and the people he encounters. The purpose of his journey was to secure an audience with Konstantinos Mavrokordatos (1711-1769), prince of Wallachia. After a slightly embarrassing first meeting, Mavrokordatos accepted the young nobleman into his Court. 
  2. ^ Institutul de Istorie "N. Iorga." (1996). Revista istorică, Volume 7, Issues 7-12. Institutul. p. 897. ... unui tânăr învăţat grec, Markos Antonios Katsaitis (1717-1787) din Kerkyra, aflat atunci într-o scurtă călătorie la Iaşi, cu propunerea de a lucra „la compilarea istoriei Valahiei şi Moldovei, la care s-au supus probei mai mulţi, ...[Translation: ... taught a young Greek, Markos Antonios Katsaitis (1717-1787) of Kerkyra, was then a short trip to Iasi, the proposal to work "when compiling history Wallachia and Moldavia, which were subjected to test more. ..] 
  3. ^ Oișteanu, Andrei; Adăscăliţei, Mirela (2009). Inventing the Jew: antisemitic stereotypes in Romanian and other Central East-European cultures. U of Nebraska Press. p. 177. ISBN 9780803220980. M. A. Katsaitis, a Greek traveler passing through Galaţi in 1742 
  4. ^ Hannick, Christian (1999). Kanzleiwesen und Kanzleisprachen im östlichen Europa. Böhlau. p. 120. ISBN 3412138975. Dans ce but, il s'adressa à différents érudits grecs comme Marcos Antonios Katsaitis ou Antoine Katiforos de Venise, hongrois comme le jésuite Carel Peterfy, ou bien saxons de Transylvanie. Cf. St. GOROVEI, Spre unificarea istoriei ... 
  5. ^ Academia Republicii Populare Romîne; Academia Republicii Socialiste România (1998). Revue roumaine d'histoire, Volume 37. Editions de l'Académie de la République socialiste de Roumanie. p. 186. OCLC 1764247. Le voyageur grec Markos Antonios Katsaitis rappelle lui-aussi «la messe dans l'Église du Patriarcat où les deux princes, celui de la Valachie tout comme celui de la Moldavie, détiennent leurs propres chaires devant la chaire du ... 

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