Carmelite Chronicles
Italian Humanists

August 14, 2012 |

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.

From The Mirror of Carmel by Joachim Smet, O. Carm.

Fr. Joachim Smet O.Carm.
Fr. Joachim Smet, O.Carm. (1915-2011) was one of the leading historians of the Carmelite Order. In addition to being a founding member and President of the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome and editor of Carmelus, a journal of Carmelite Studies, Fr. Joachim was a gifted writer. he is well-known for his four-volume work The Carmelites and his Life of Saint Peter Thomas. Among his other works: Familiar Matter of Today-Poems (2007), The Mirror of Carmel: A Brief History of the Carmelite Order, (2011), various publications on Carmelite Nuns, Carmelite Liturgy, Carmelite Libraries of Spain and Portugal and the Carmelites of Medieval England.
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