Antonio Beccadelli (1626 words)

  • Matteo Soranzo (McGill University)

Due to his skills in Latin poetry, rhetoric, historiography and philology, combined with an uncommon talent for navigating the volatile world of fifteenth-century patronage, Antonio Beccadelli – also known as Panormita (from Palermo, his hometown) – is often paired with Guarino Veronese, Gasparino Barzizza, and other representatives of the so-called “heroic age” of Renaissance humanism. Thinking of Beccadelli’s legacy as confined to the studia humanitatis, however, would be short-sighted. This man, among other things, played a central role in Alfonso of Aragon’s invasion of, and settlement in, the Kingdom of Naples. Also, Beccadelli was able to transform his ancient, although decaying, family into one of the strongest …

Soranzo, Matteo. "Antonio Beccadelli". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 March 2015
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