Epifanio Ferdinando's birthplace

Epifanio Ferdinando was both a philosopher and a doctor. He was born in his family home situated in one of the several squares in the historical centre of Mesagne (Piazzetta dei Ferdinando).

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The facade bears Ferdinando's family crest, which has been analysed and studied by Dott. Amedeo Elio Distante.The initial belief was that the family crest represented a lion holding an eel in its jaws. Subsequently Amedeo Elio Distante realised that the object held by the lion was indeed a horseshoe1.

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Epifanio Ferdinando lived in this house until the 4th October 1588 then he moved to Naples to pursue his medical education. He was awarded a degree in 1594 and one year later he moved back to Mesagne.

  • Photos and main text by Marianna Claudia Oriolo ti.liamtoh|oloiroannairam#| and Claudia Smarra moc.liamg|arrams.aidualc#| (December 2018), courtesy of Dott.Amedeo Elio Distante

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Bibliography

  • Mario Marti e Domenico Urgesi, Epifanio Ferdinando, medico e storico del Seicento. Atti del convegno di studi (Mesagne, 28-29 maggio 1999), Besa Editrice, Nardò 1999
  • M. Luisa Portulano Scoditti e Amedeo Elio Distante, Atti del XLI Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana Storia della Medicina, Mesagne 2001

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