Aeneas Sylvius Piccolominus, the Italian Humanist, scholar, poet, writer, diplomat, cardinal and pope (Pius II), was born, according to his own testimony, on October 18 (but more probably August 24), 1405 at Corsignano (from 1462: Pienza), and died on August 14/15, 1464 at Ancona. He studied law from 1423 at Siena, and made an thorough study of the Latin classics. From 1432 he was active at the Council of Basle as secretary to a cardinal, and he quickly rose to take more responsibilities. …
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Reinhardt, Volker (Fribourg),
“Piccolomini, Enea Silvio”, in:
Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism
, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014).
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First published online: 2015