Antonio Beccadelli

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  • 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, …

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