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mentioned by Allatius in his book De Synodo PJto-tiana, p. 54*2. 6. Monodia in obitum Imperatoris Joannis Palaeologi. 7. Comparatio veterum Im-peratorum cum hodierno, or Veterum Principum cum Imperatore nunc regnante Comparatio. The title is indefinite, but the comparison instituted in the work is, according to some of our authorities, between the Greek emperors of Constantinople and their Turkish successors. 8. Homilia de Imperio, ad Constantinum Palaeologum. 9. Solutiones Quaes-tionum quae proposuerant PhilosopM et Medici qui-dam ex Cypro insula. 10. Ad Papam Nicolaum V. 11. Poemata Graeca Ecclesiastica, by Argyro-pulus and others. A manuscript in the Bodleian library (Cod. Barocc. Ixxxvii., according to the Catalog. MStorum Angliae et Hiberniae), contains PorpJiyrii Isagoge cum scholiis marginalibus forte. Jo. Argyropuli, et Aristotelis Organon cum sclioliis forte per eundem. It has an effigy of Argyropulus in his study, which is engraved in Hody's work cited below. Fabricius (Bibl. Gr. vol. iii. p. 479) speaks of his Expositiones in Aristotelis Etldca, Physica, Lib. de Anima et Mechanica; and distinguishes them from the work published by Accia-juoli, with which we should otherwise have supposed the Expositiones in Ethica to be identical. Harless, in a note to Fabricius (Bill. Gr. vol. vi. p. 131), speaks of his Prolegg. in Progymnasm. as contained in a MS. at Heidelberg.
The Latin versions of Argyropulus are chiefly of the works (genuine or reputed) of Aristotle. 1. Ethica Nicomachea, Libri X. There is reason to think that this was printed at Florence about a. d. 1478, in which year the Commentarii taken down by Acciajuoli were printed: it was certainly printed at Rome A. d. 1492, and in the Latin edition of the works of Aristotle published by Gregorius de Gregoriis, 2 vols. fol. Venice, 1496. This edition contained versions of the following works of Aristotle by Argyropulus:—2. Categoriae s. Praedica-menta. 3. Physica s. A croases Physicae s. De Naturali Auscultatione, Libri VIII. 4. De Coelo et Mundo, Libri IV.. 5. De Anima, Libri III. 6. Met&physica, Libri XII. The thirteenth and fourteenth books were not translated by him. 7. De Interpretatione. 8. Analytica Priora. 9. Analytica Posteriory Libri II. 10. Epistola ad Alexandrum " in qua de libris ad methodum civilium sermonum speetantibus disseritur." Some of our authorities speak of the following works as having been translated by him, but we have not been able to trace them in print:—11. Politica, Libri VIIL; and 12. Oeconomica, Libri II. These two works are said to have been published in 8vo. Venice, a. d. 1506, but we doubt the correctness of the statement. 13. De Mundo. 14. Mechanica Problemata* Some of his translations are reprinted in the volume of Latin versions which forms a sequel to Bekker's edition of Aristotle.
He also translated the Praedicabilia mDe quinque
Vocibus of Porphyry, and the Homiliae S. Basilii
in Heocacmeron. His version of Porphyry was
printed with his translations of Aristotle at Venice
in 1496, and that of Basil at Rome a. d. 1515.
(Hody, de Graecis Illustribus, pp. 187—210 ; Boerner, de Doctis Hominibus Graecis; Roscoe, Life of Lorenxo de* Medici, 4th edition, vol. i. pp. 61,101, vol. ii. pp. 107—110; Wharton apud Cave, flist. Litt. vol. ii., Appendix^ p. 168 ; Fabric. Bibl. (rraec. vol. iii. p. 496, &c., vol. xi. p. 460, &c.; Fac-ciolati, Tiraboschi, Nic. Comnenus Papadopoli, H.
cc. ; Bayle, Dictionnaire, s. v. Acciaioli (Donat.) Aygyropyle.)
19. S. basilii discifulus, sive obedien-tiae filius. [See No. 28.]
21. bessarion or bessario, sometimes besa- .
RION, BlSSARIONj BlSARION, or BlZARION (By](TOra-p(<av or Briarapiwv, or BtffffapiavJ., in Italian bessari-one. The first name of this eminent ecclesiastic has been the subject of dispute: he is commonly men- . tioned by the name Bessarion only: some have prefixed the name of Basilius, others (as Panzer, An-nales Typog. Indices) that of Nicolaus ; but it has : been shown by Hand\m(Commentariusde VitaBes-sarionis, c. 2) upon the authority of the cardinal him- * self, that his name was Joannes or John. He was born at Trapezus, or Trebizond, a. d. 1395, whether of an obscure or noble, or even royal family, is much disputed. He studied at Constantinople, and attended the school of Georgius Chrysococces [chry-sococces], and had for his fellow-student Francesco Filelfo (Franciscus Philelphus), as appears from a letter of Filelfo dated x. Cal. Feb. 1448. (Philel- , phus, Epistolae, lib. vi. fol. 84, ed. Basil. 1506.) Having embraced a monastic life in the order of St. Basil, he turned his attention from poetry and oratory, in which he had already become eminent, to theology, which he studied under two of the most learned metropolitans of the Greek church. He also studied the Platonic philosophy under Georgius Pletho or Gemistiis [gemistus], for whom he ever retained the greatest reverence, and under whom he became a zealous Platonist* To study tinder Gemistus he withdrew (apparently about a. d. 1416 or 1417) into the Morea, and remained 21 years in a monastery there, except when en- ; gaged in diplomatic missions for the emperors of, Constantinople and Trebizond.
Bessarion was an advocate for the proposed union of the two churches, the Latin and the Greek, and was one of those who urged upon the} emperor Joannes Palaeologus the convocation of the-, general council for the purpose, which met a. d. 1438 at Ferrara, and from thence adjourned to Florence. He had, just before the meeting of the; council> been appointed archbishop of Nicaea, and appeared as one of the managers of the conference on the side of the Greeks, Mark, archbishop of Ephesus [eugenicus marcus], being the other. He at first advocated, on the points of difference between the two churches, the opinions generally, entertained by the Greeks, but was soon converted; to the Latin side, either from honest conviction, as, he himself affirmed, or, as his enemies intimated, in the hope of receiving honours and emoluments from the pope. He was possibly influenced by a feeling of jealousy against Mark of Ephesus, his coadjutor. Phranza asserts (ii. 17) that on the death of Joseph, patriarch of Constantinople [josephus, No. 7],< during the sitting of the council, the emperor Joannes Palaeologus and the council elected Bessarion, to succeed him; but Bessarion probably thought that his Latinist predilections, however acceptable to the emperor, would not recommend him to his conn try-men in general, and declined the appointment. He did not, however, remain in Italy, as Phranza incorrectly states, but returned to, Constantinople soon after the breaking up of the council. He was, however, almost immediately induced to return to Italy by the intelligence that the pope had con-