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Peter of Abano
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Peter of Abano (Pietro de Sclavione), * ca. 1250 (Padua), † after 1315 (place unknown)

Pietro de Sclavione, son of Costanzo de Sclavione, Notary of the Seal of the Commune of Padua, was born circa 1250. Nothing of him is known after 1315. His fame as a physician and astrologer alternates between fact and legend. The legendary part is due to authors of the 15th-17th century (→ Agrippa, → Trithemius, Gianfrancesco Pico, → Symphorien Champier, and others), who created a false image of him as a magus and necromancer. Historical documents have established that the truth wa…

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Vescovini, Graziella Federici, “Peter of Abano”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_284>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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