Ermolao Barbaro

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Ermolao or Hermolao Barbaro, also Hermolaus Barbarus (21 May 1453/1454—14 June 1493), was an Italian Renaissance scholar.



Ermolao Barbaro was born in Venice, the son of Zaccaria Barbaro, and the grandson of Francesco Barbaro.[1][2][3] He was also the uncle of Daniele Barbaro and Marcantonio Barbaro [4]

Much of his early education was outside of Venice, accompanying his father who was an active politician and diplomat.[5] He received further education in Verona with an uncle, also named Ermolao.[6] In 1462 he was sent to Rome, where he studied under Pomponius Laetus[7][8] and Theodorus Gaza.[9] By 1468 he had returned to Verona, where Frederick III awarded him a laurel crown for his poetry.[10]

He completed his education at the University of Padua, where he was appointed professor of philosophy there in 1477.[11][12][13] Two years later he revisited Venice, but returned to Padua when the plague broke out in his native city.[14][15]


Barbaro had an active political career, though he resented these duties as a distraction from his studies.[16] In 1483 he was elected to the Senate of the Republic of Venice.[17] He was twenty when he gave the funeral oration for Doge Nicholas Marcello.[18] In 1486, he was sent to the court of the Duchy of Burgundy in Bruges.[19][20] In 1488 he held the important civil post of ‘’Savio di Terrafirma’’.[21] In 1489 he was appointed ambassador to Milan[22][23][24] and in 1490 he was appointed Ambassador to Rome.[25][26][27] In 1491, Pope Innocent VIII, nominated him to the office of Patriarch of Aquileia.[28][29][30][31]

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