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Giannantonio de' Pandoni
(1405 - after 1485) Italy

the poet



Called "il Porcellio" (The Pig). Pandoni was born in Naples, but the first document concerning him dates from his period as a lecturer at the University of Rome, In 1434 he took part in an prising which chased pope Eugene IV from Rome, and then he participated in a mission to the Council of Basel. After the restoration of the pope, Pandoni was imprisoned for ten years. Although he was married and had at least a child, Pandoni had a reputation as a sodomite throughout his life.

On his release, he began to wander from court to court, writing Latin poems and historical works; In Naples he was appointed to diplomatic posts and in 1452 was made a poet laureate to emperor Frederick III. He lived subsequently in Rimini and Milan, then again in Naples and finally in Rome, where he taught at the university and where he died sometimes after 1485.


Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History, from Antiquity to WWII, Routledge, London, 2001

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