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Alciato, Andrea

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Alciato, Andrea

  • His name is mostly transcribed as "Alciati", but "Alciato" seems to be the form he mostly used himself and also was used by his contemporaries and disciples.
  • Alciato never was a member of the Accademia, but he is related to many of its participants that it seems useful to include him here.
  • Alciato is famous as the 'inventor' of the 'historical-critical' method in the history (primarily, the history of law) and influenced, among others, his students Antonio Agostín, Jean Matal, Johann Jakob Fugger, Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle and other (later) bishops and cardinals
  • Alciato was teaching law at 
    • Avignon: 1518-1522 und 1527-1529
    • Bourges 1529-1533
    • Pavia 1533-1537, 1541-1543, 1546-1550
    • Bologna 1537-1541
    • Ferrara 1543-1546
  • Alciato is most famous for his Emblemata, a collection of symbolic and/or emblematic images accompanied by texts. It was published in an extended edition 1546 by Aldo Manutio the Younger at Venice.
  • A remarkable result of his connection to Agostín and Matal is, that the ladder did not include Latin inscriptions from Milan and its surrounding area in his sylloge (now in the Vatican), presumably a sylloge by Alciati for this area already existed.
  • This sylloge may be identified with the so-called "Alciato Mediolanensis", now in Dresden (SLUB Mscr.Dresd.F.82.b) : Its handwritten title reads: "MONVMENTORVM, VETERVMQ | INSCRIPTIONVM QVÆ CV[M] | MEDIOL TVM IN EIVS AGRO | ADHVC EXTANT COLLECTANEA | A. Alciato | auctore." and is dated at the end of the preface to "Mediolani pub sal anno M D VIII"
  • Eintrag im Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani
 
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