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Guarino da Verona (1374 – December 14, 1460) was an early figure in the Italian Renaissance.

He was born in Veronamarker, Italymarker and later studied Greek at Constantinoplemarker, where for five years he was the pupil of Manuel Chrysoloras. When he set out to return home, he had with him two cases of precious Greek manuscripts which he had taken great pains to collect. It is said that the loss of one of these by shipwreck caused him such distress that his hair turned grey in a single night. On arriving back in Italy, he earned a living as a teacher of Greek, first in Verona and afterwards in Venicemarker and Florencemarker. In 1436, he became a professor of Greek at Ferrara through the patronage of Lionel,the marquis of Este. His method of instruction was renowned and it attracted many students from Italy and the rest of Europe. Many of them, notably Vittorino da Feltre, afterwards became well-known scholars. From 1438 on he interpreted for the Greeks at the councils of Ferrara and Florence. He died at Ferrara in 1460.

His principal works are translations of Strabo and of some of the Lives of Plutarch, a compendium of the Greek grammar of Chrysoloras, and a series of commentaries on Persius, Martial, the Satires of Juvenal, and on some of the writings of Aristotle and Cicero.

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