Giorgio Valla

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.

WorksEdit

TreatisesEdit

  • De orthographia (1495), Vienna.
  • De expedita ratione argumentandi (1498; also Basel, 1529).
  • Logica (1498), Venice.
  • De simplicium natura (1528) Strassburg (on pharmacology).
  • Georgii Vallae Placentini viri class. De expetendis et fugiendis rebus (1501, 40 books in 2 vols.), pr. Aldus Manutius, Venice.

Commentaries, critical editions and translationsEdit

  • Hori Apollinis Niliaci Hieroglyphica, per Georgium Vallam in latinum translata, ms. Vat. lat. 3898.
  • Problemata Alexandri Aphrodisei, per Georgium Vallam in latinum translata, Venice: Antonio de Strada, 1488.
  • Galeni introductorium ad medicinam Georgio Valla interprete (1491), pr. Bartholomaeus de Zanis, Venice.
  • Opus magnorum moralium Aristotelis (1522), with Latin translation by Girardo Ruffo Vaccariensi, Paris.
  • Juvenalis cum tribus commentariis (1485, repr. 1495), Venice.
  • M. Tullii Ciceronis epistolae familiares (1505), Lyons.
  • Preface to the Commentary on Juvenal of Antonio Mancinelli (1494), Venice.