FERRARI, Alfonsa

FERRARI, Alfonsa. Aquila 1.11.1918 — 1.1.1954. Italian Indologist. Professor in Rome. Grew up in Milano, studied in Rome, graduated in 1941 under Formichi and 1945 under Tucci (Indian religion and philosophy). From 1945 assistente straordinario di sanscrit. In 1946 and 1947-48 further studies of Buddhism, Tibetan and Sanskrit literature in…

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DE VINCENTIIS, Gherardo

DE VINCENTIIS, Gherardo. 1845 — 1907. Italian Iranian (Persian) Scholar, also interested in Sanskrit and China. Studies at Naples under Lignana. Professor of Persian at Regio Istituto Orientale di Napoli: incaricato 1878, eo. 1890, ord. 1904-07. Publications: Il Gulistan, ossia il Roseto dello Scheich Sadi di Schiraz. Prima versione italiana…

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CORSALI, Andrea

CORSALI, Andrea. Florence 29.6.1487 — 15??. Italian Traveller. Son of Giovanni C., had good education. In the service of de Medicis he went to India in a Portuguese ship in 1515 and sent to Giuliano and Lorenzo de Medici two letters describing the lands and people. First in Goa, visited…

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BRANDI, Mario

BRANDI, Mario. Trieste 11.12.1891 — 1943/44?. Italian, probably a Theosophist, son of Salvatore Brandi and Elisa Iacchia. He authored several mystic books, two in collaboration with Emma Tedeschi (1896–1943/44?). In November 1943 both were arrested in Genua as Jews and sent to Auschwitz. Publications: Lo Yoga della fede: Bhagavadgītā 12.:…

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VASSALINI, Ida

VASSALINI, Ida. Verona 1891 — Milano 21.12.1953. Italian Poet and Translator. Daughter of Bartolomeo V. and Itala Abati. Became early interested in classical and oriental philology, in philosophy and poetry. Studies at Padova and Milano. Worked as teacher in Milano. Refused from joining the fascist association and almost lost her…

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SCALIGERO, Massimo

SCALIGERO, Massimo (nom-de-plume of Antonio Massimo Sgabelloni). Veroli 17.9.1906 — Rome 26.1.1980. Italian Esoterist (Follower of Evola) and Steinerian. Journalist in Rome, no scholar. Publications: As a friend of Tucci he was the editor of the E & W in 1970-78 wrote some articles and numerous reviews in it, e.g.…

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SCALABRINO BORSANI, Giuseppina

SCALABRINO BORSANI, Giuseppina (or G. Borsani Scalabrino). Milano 9.5.1910 — 22.2.1991. Italian Indologist. Professor in Milano. Studied Sanskrit at Catholic University of Milano under A. Ballini, graduated in 1933. Soon Assistant, then Docent, and from 1954 the first woman in Italy with a Sanskrit chair, at Catholic University of Milano,…

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SANTA ANNA (Santana), Francisco Xavier de

SANTA ANNA (Santana), Francisco Xavier de (lay Raffaello Pescetto). 17?? — Verapoly (?) 7.12.1844. Italian Carmelitan Missionary and Konkani Scholar in India. Finally titular Archbishop of Sardes and in 1831-44 Apostolic Vicar in Verapoly (Kerala). Both works were published anonymously. Publications: Grammatica ou Observações Grammaticais sôbre a Lingoa de Concanâ.…

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PEROGLIO, Celestino

PEROGLIO, Celestino. Palestro 1824 — Bologna 1909. Italian Historian, interested in Indian Literature. Taught history and geography at technical school in Vercelli (founded by himself in 1854) and finally at University of Bologna. A Garibaldian nationalist and a freemason (grand master of Grande Oriente d’Italia). Publications: Del principio della nazionalità…

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PERINI, Osvaldo

PERINI, Osvaldo. Verona (?) 1826 — 1890. Italian Journalist, Author, Historian and Translator interested in Sanskrit Literature. In 1849 expelled as a nationalist from Verona by Austrian government, worked as teacher in Breno near Brescia, and, after a while in Lugano, in other Lombardian towns, in 1853-62 in Torino and…

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