74. Tommaso Fazello (1498 – 1570)

Dominican friar, historian and antiquarian, born in Sciacca, and known as the father of Sicilian history. He is the author of the first printed history of Sicily: De Rebus Siculis Decades Duae, published in Palermo in 1558 in Latin.

Fazello 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 the Olympian Zeus at Akragas (modern Agrigento).

Fazello taught at the Convent of St. Dominic of Palermo, which later became the University of Palermo.

Read More:
1. Treccani, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommaso_Fazello
2. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommaso_Fazello

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