Scipione Ammirato

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Scipione Ammirato (October 7, 1531 – January 11, 1601) was an Italian historian.

Ammirato was born at Lecce, in the Kingdom of Naples. His father, intending him for the profession of law, sent him to study at Naples, but his own decided preference for literature prevented him from fulfilling his father's wishes. Entering the church, he resided for a time at Venice, and afterwards engaged in the service of Pope Pius IV. In 1569 he went to Florence, where he was fortunate in securing the patronage and support of Duke Cosimo I, who gave him a residence at the Medici Palace and the Villa Topaia on the understanding that he should write his Istorie Florentine, the work by which he is best known. In 1595 he was made a canon of the cathedral of Florence. He died in 1601. Among the other works of Ammirato, some of which were first published after his death, may be mentioned discourses on Tacitus and genealogies of the families of Naples and Florence.


  • I trasformati, Lecce, 1559 circa
  • Famiglie nobili napoletane, Firenze, 1580
  • Discorsi sopra Cornelio Tacito, Firenze, 1594
  • Della famiglia de' Paladini di Lecce, Firenze 1595
  • Della famiglia dell'Antoglietta di Taranto, Firenze 1597
  • Istorie fiorentine Parte I, Firenze 1600
  • Delle famiglie nobili fiorentine, Firenze, 1615
  • Rime spirituali sopra salmi, Venezia, 1634
  • Istorie fiorentine Parte II, Firenze 1641


  • Umberto Congedo, La vita e le opere di Scipione Ammirato (notizie e ricerche), 1904, Vecchi, Trani
  • R. De Mattei, «AMMIRATO, Scipione». In: Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, vol. III, Roma, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, 1961, pp. 1-4.
  • L. Scarabelli, Di Scipione Ammirato e delle sue opere, introduzione alle Istorie fiorentine, Torino, 1853, pp. 7-42.
  • R. De Mattei, Varia fortuna di Scipione Ammirato; Opere a stampa di Scipione Ammirato; Codici di Scipione Ammirato, in "Studi salentini", 8 (1960), pp. 352-407.


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