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Giorgio Valla

Italian academic

1447   -   1499

country of citizenship: Republic of Venice
languages spoken, written or signed: Latin
occupation: mathematician, Hellenists, music theorist, translator
student of: Constantine Lascaris, Andronicus Callistus, Giovanni Marliani

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Giorgio Valla (Latin: Georgius Valla; Piacenza 1447–Venice 1500) was an Italian academic, mathematician, philologist and translator. He was born in Piacenza in 1447. He was the son of Andrea Valla and Cornelia Corvini. At the age of fifteen Giorgio Valla moved to Milan, where he was educated by the famous Neoplatonic Hellenist Constantine Lascaris. Among his works is a Latin translation of the Hieroglyphica of Horapollo and Aristarchus's On the Sizes and Distances (1488). The De expetendis et fugiendis rebus is the most valuable work produced by Valla. he lectured in physics and in medicine at Pavia and Venice. His magnum opus included Boethian arithmetic and music, and Euclidean geometry, law and rhetoric, among other matters.
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