Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Acciaiuoli, Donato

Born: 15 March 1429, Florence
Died: 28 August 1478, Milan
  • Lorenzo Filippo BacchiniEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_705-1

Abstract

Donato Acciaiuoli was one of the best known humanists, politicians, and orators in the age of Lorenzo de’ Medici. He frequented the most important humanists of the time and was part of the Accademia Fiorentina. His literary activity was primarily focused on commenting and translating into Latin the thoughts of Greek writers, especially philosophers and historians. He commented on the Ethics and the Politics of Aristotle, from Plutarch he drew the lives of Alcibiades, Demetrius, Hannibal, and Scipio, and he translated into Italian, as appointed by the Signoria of Florence, Leonardo Bruni’s Historiae Florentini populi. He was also personally involved in Florentine political life, contributing to the development of the Medici policy. He was Vicar of the Casentino and Poppi, Superintendent of the Florentine Studio, Ambassador, as well as Standard-Bearer of justice. At his death, the 28 August, 1478, Cristoforo Landino composed his funeral eulogy, and Angelo Poliziano wrote the text for his tombstone.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of German and Roman Languages and LiteraturesJohn Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA