A number of Carmelites were a part of the early Humanist movement in Italy, re-invigorating interest in the literary works of Antiquity.
An early figure in the field of letters was John Andrew Ferabos, of Verona, poet, and translator into Italian of Arentino’s Latin version of Phalaris’ Letters (Copinger 4736). He was also active in early humanist circles in Paris.
John Crastone, of Piacenza, compiled a Lexicon secundumm alphabetum (Hain 5812) and Vocabulista (Hain 5816), pioneer works of Greek lexicography. He also translated into Latin Constantine Lascaris’ grammar, Compendium octo orationis partium (Hain 9921, 1922), and published a Greek and Latin psalter (Hain 13454).
Humanist interest in Roman antiquities is represented by Michael Fabrizio Ferrarini (d. 1492), who made a collection of inscriptions much consulted by scholars. He also wrote Significatio litterarum antiquarum Valerii Probi (Hain 13377), a work on Probus’ explanation of Roman abbreviations.