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Poggio Bracciolini

Engraving of Bracciolini<ref>Following an old engraving; from Alfred Gudeman, ''Imagines philologorum: 160 bildnisse...'', (Leipzig/Berlin) 1911.</ref> Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini (11 February 1380 – 30 October 1459), usually referred to simply as Poggio Bracciolini, was an Italian scholar and an early Renaissance humanist. He was responsible for rediscovering and recovering many classical Latin manuscripts, mostly decaying and forgotten in German, Swiss, and French monastic libraries. His most celebrated finds are ''De rerum natura'', the only surviving work by Lucretius, ''De architectura'' by Vitruvius, lost orations by Cicero such as ''Pro Sexto Roscio'', Quintilian's ''Institutio Oratoria'', Statius' ''Silvae'', and Silius Italicus's ''Punica'', as well as works by several minor authors such as Frontinus' ''De aquaeductu'', Ammianus Marcellinus, Nonius Marcellus, Probus, Flavius Caper, and Eutyches.
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