Basil [Cardinal] Bessarion
Basil [Cardinal] Bessarion

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[Revised entry by Eva Del Soldato on September 3, 2022.
Changes to: Bibliography]
Basil Bessarion (d. 1472) was, before Marsilio Ficino (1433 – 1499), the not so grey eminence responsible for the return of Plato in the Western world. Defending Plato’s reputation from the attacks of the arch-Aristotelian George of Trebizond – attacks which were founded in a long anti-Platonic tradition – Bessarion introduced Christianized readings of Plato’s dialogues, characterizing him as the pagan philosopher best suited to Roman theology. Bessarion’s argumentative strategy not only rescued…

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