Tommaso Fazello (1498–1570) – the father of Sicilian history

Tommaso Fazello (1498 – 8 April 1570), known as the father of Sicilian history, is the author of the first printed history of Sicily: De Rebus Siculis Decades Duae, published in Palermo in 1558 in Latin, compiled at the command of Paolo Giovio. He was a Dominican friar, historian and antiquarian, born in Sciacca, and died in Palermo.

Fazello travelled extensively all over Sicily, and rediscovered the ruins of the ancient Sicilian towns of Akrai (modern Palazzolo Acreide), Selinus (modern Selinunte) and Heraclea Minoa. He also rediscovered the Temple of Olympian Zeus at Akragas (modern Agrigento).

Screenshots of the 1560 edition

Tommaso Fazello (1498–1570) – De Rebus Siculis Decades Duae (1558)

Tommaso Fazello: F. Thomae Fazelli Siculi or. Praedicatorum De rebus Siculis decades duae. Public Domain Mark 1.0

Publisher of the first edition: Giovanni Matteo Mayda & Giovanni Francesco Carrara (Palermo)

 

 

Tommaso Fazello (1498–1570) – De Rebus Siculis Decades Duae (1558)

Arabic letters.

Tommaso Fazello: F. Thomae Fazelli Siculi or. Praedicatorum De rebus Siculis decades duae. Public Domain Mark 1.0

Publisher of the first edition: Giovanni Matteo Mayda & Giovanni Francesco Carrara (Palermo)

 

 

Tommaso Fazello (1498–1570) – De Rebus Siculis Decades Duae (1558)

Arabic letters.

Tommaso Fazello: F. Thomae Fazelli Siculi or. Praedicatorum De rebus Siculis decades duae. Public Domain Mark 1.0

Publisher of the first edition: Giovanni Matteo Mayda & Giovanni Francesco Carrara (Palermo)

 

 

Tommaso Fazello (1498–1570) – De Rebus Siculis Decades Duae (1558)

Tommaso Fazello: F. Thomae Fazelli Siculi or. Praedicatorum De rebus Siculis decades duae. Public Domain Mark 1.0

Publisher of the first edition: Giovanni Matteo Mayda & Giovanni Francesco Carrara (Palermo)

 

 

Tommaso Fazello (1498–1570) – De Rebus Siculis Decades Duae (1558)

Tommaso Fazello: F. Thomae Fazelli Siculi or. Praedicatorum De rebus Siculis decades duae. Public Domain Mark 1.0

Publisher of the first edition: Giovanni Matteo Mayda & Giovanni Francesco Carrara (Palermo)

 

 

Tommaso Fazello (1498–1570) – De Rebus Siculis Decades Duae (1558)

Tommaso Fazello: F. Thomae Fazelli Siculi or. Praedicatorum De rebus Siculis decades duae. Public Domain Mark 1.0

Publisher of the first edition: Giovanni Matteo Mayda & Giovanni Francesco Carrara (Palermo)

 

 

 

First edition of De rebus Siculis decades duae (1558), Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH (Vienna, Austria)

 

 

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