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LA BULGARIA E I BULGARI NELL’OPERA DI GIOVANNI TARCAGNOTA

Penka Danova
Istituto di Studi Balcanici & Centro di Tracologia (Accademia Bulgara delle Scienze)

Abstract: The article examines those pages of the masterpiece and huge historical work of Giovanni Tarcagnota from Gaeta (1508–1566), which are devoted to Bulgaria from its establishment to the Ottoman conquest. The author, who is of Greek origin, succeeds in extracting the most representative moments from Greek and Latin sources, as well as to present them to the Italian reader in a fascinating manner. Several sources are cited (Flavio Biondo, Platina), which not only Tarcagnota uses, but he has also translated them from Latin to Italian for the Venetian publisher Michele Tramezino.

Keywords: Italian 16th-century Historiography, Information for the Bulgarians in the Early Modern Times