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Guarino Guarini (Guarino Veronese, Varino)

Guarino Guarini (Guarino Veronese, Varino)

Verona 1374 - Ferrara 1460

Guarino [Guarinus] da Verona, one of the Italian restorers of classical learning, was born in 1370 at Verona, and studied Greek at Constantinople, where for five years he was the pupil of Manuel Chrysoloras. When he set out on his return to Italy he was the happy possessor of two cases of precious Greek MSS. which he had been at 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. He supported himself as a teacher of Greek, first at Verona and afterwards in Venice and Florence; in 1436 he became, through the patronage of Lionel, marquis of Este, professor of Greek at Ferrara; and in 1438 and following years he acted as interpreter for the Greeks at the councils of Ferrara and Florence. He died at Ferrara on the 14th of December 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, Juvenal, Martial and on some of the writings of Aristotle and Cicero.
Encyclopædia Britannica, Cambridge University Press, 191111.

Main works: Epistolario di Guarino Veronese. Raccolto, ordinato e illustrato da R. Sabbadini, Venezia, Regia Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Venezie 1915-1919.

Bibliography: C. de' Rosmini, Vita e disciplina di Guarino di Verona e de' suoi discepoli, Brescia 1805; R. Sabbadini, Guarino Veronese e il suo epistolario edito e inedito, Roma 1885; M. Pade, L. Waage Petersen, D. Quarta, La Corte di Ferrara e il suo mecenatismo 1441-1598, Ferrara 1990; G. Pistilli, Guarini, Guarino (Guarino Veronese, Varino), in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, vol. 60 (2003).

H. Omont, Les manuscrits grecs de Guarino de Vérone et la bibliothèque de Ferrare, «Revue des Bibliothèques», II, 1892, pp. 78-81.

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