ALCIATI, ANDREA (1492-1550), Italian jurist, was born at
Alzano, near Milan, on the 12th of January 1492. He displayed
great literary skill in his exposition of the laws, and was
one of the first to interpret the civil law by the history,
languages and literature of antiquity, and to substitute original
research for the servile interpretations of the glossators. He
published many legal works, and some annotations on Tacitus.
a collection of moral sayings in Latin verse, has
been greatly admired, and translated into French, Italian and
Spanish. Alciati's history of Milan, under the title Rerum
Potriae, seu Historiae Mediolanensis,
Libri IV., was published
posthumously at Milan in 1625. He died at Pavia in 1550.
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