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Title: Simone Assemani da Vienna a Trieste
Authors: Pontani, Anna
Keywords: Oriental studies (Eastern languages and literature)Religious and literary history of the christian eastItalian philology and literatureHistory of Italian literature
Issue Date: 26-Jan-2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Anna Pontani, "Simone Assemani da Vienna a Trieste" in Bruno Callegher and Arianna D'Ottone (eds.), "The 4th Simone Assemani symposium on Islamic coins", Trieste, 26/27 September 2014, Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2015. (Polymnia : numismatica antica e medievale. Studi, 9), pp.11-15
Series/Report no.: Polymnia: Numismatica antica e medievale. Studi
Abstract: The essay deals with nineteen hitherto unpublished letters by Simone Assemani to the apostolic nuncio in Vienna, Giuseppe Garampi (1725-1792): they all stem from 1783, the first of two years Assemani spent in Trieste as an employee of the Belletti-Zaccar company, which ran the trade between the Christian world of Northern Europe and the Turkish Levant (Egypt). In these texts, Assemani appears as a translator and interpreter from and into Arabic, as well as the man in charge of the relationships with Cairo's bankers both on land and for the maritime trade. The tone of the letters is rather atypical if compared to Assemani's later correspondence: we glean crucial evidence to better understand the moral and material heritage of the Assemani family, who had given a decisive thrust to Oriental studies in Rome from the beginning of the ISth century through 17S0. We also get to know important elements concerning the trading activities in Trieste's outport in 17S3, as well as Simone's lifelong political and diplomatic activity in the frame of Propaganda Fide, a totally unexplored field to date.
ISBN: 978-88-8303-683-5
eISBN: 978-88-8303-684-2
Appears in Collections:09 The 4th Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coins

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