Biography of Demetrius Chalcondyles

Demetrius Chalcondyles was a Greek Renaissance humanist who taught “Greek and of Platonic philosophy”. He was born in 1424 and died in 1511. He was the first person to print the texts of the ancients Homer and Isocrates.

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The current biographical timeline for Demetrius Chalcondyles is as follows;

1424 – Born in Athens, Greece

1447 – he goes to Italy

1449 – he arrives in Rome and Cardinal Bessarion becomes his patron

1450 – he is teaching in Perugia

1463 – he is made professor at Padua

1463 – he calls on Venice and “all of the Latins” to aid the Greeks against the Ottomans

1479 – he is summoned to Florence by Lorenzo de’ Medici

1484 – he gets married at the age of 61 and eventually fathers 10 children

1488 – he prints the first printed editions of Homer (Florence)

1492 – he moves to Milan on invitation by Ludovico Sforza

1493 – he prints the first printed editions of Isocrates (Milan)

1499 – he prints the first printed editions of the Byzantine Suda lexicon

1511 – Dies in Milan, Italy

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This article is subject to being updated. Please email me or comment if you have information you would like added.

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References;

(1) – https://www.britannica.com/biography/Demetrius-Chalcondyles

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