Argyropoulos, John

   Scholar of ancient Greek philosophy who taught at the University of Florence (q.v.) in the mid-15th century. Like Manuel Chrysoloras (q.v.) before him, he helped to initiate the Florentines to a systematic study of Greek philosophy. He was part of the Byzantine delegation at the Council of Ferrara-Florence (q.v.) in 1438-1439. He studied at the University of Padua and returned to Florence in 1456 to teach Aristotle and Plato (qq.v.). An excellent command of Latin, and of western philosophy (q.v.), insured his success. His teaching of Plato, especially of Plato's dialogue the Meno, fired the imagination of his pupils, among whom was Lorenzo de' Medici. He died in Rome (q.v.), where he spent the final years of his life translating and teaching.

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