Nicholas Kalliakis

Nicholas Kalliakis
(Νικόλαος Καλλιάκης)
A portrait of Nicholas Kalliakis
Born Nicholas Kalliakis (Νικόλαος Καλιάκης)
Candia, Kingdom of Candia, Venetian Empire
Died 1707
Padua, Republic of Venice
Occupation Philosophy, Greek literature
Nationality Greek[1]
Literary movement Italian Renaissance

Nicholas Kalliakis (Greek: Νικόλαος Καλλιάκης, Nikolaos Kalliakis;[2] Latin: Nicolaus Calliachius; Italian: Niccolò Calliachi; c. 1645[3] - May 8, 1707) was a Cretan[4] scholar and philosopher who flourished in Italy in the 17th century. He was appointed doctor of philosophy and theology in Rome,[5] university professor of Greek and Latin[6] and Aristotelian philosophy[7] at Venice in 1666 and professor of belles-lettres[8] and rhetoric[9] at Padua in 1667.


Nicholas Kalliakis was born of Greek ancestry[10][11][12][13][14] in Candia, Crete which was under control of Venice (present-day Greece) in 1645.[15] He migrated to Rome where he stayed for ten years, becoming one of the outstanding teachers of Greek and Latin,[16] he was ultimately made doctor of philosophy and theology.[17] He moved to Venice in 1666 where he was appointed professor of Aristotelian philosophy[18] and of the Greek and Latin languages.[19] He was appointed Director of the Greek college (the Collegio Flangini) in Venice from 1665 to 1676.[20] In 1677 Nicholas Kalliakis was invited to Padua and took the chair of professor of the belles-lettres[21] and of philosophy and rhetoric.[22] He wrote treatises on the antiquities of Greece and Rome and studied the dance in classical antiquity, his principal work is the De ludis scenicis mimorum et pantomimorum syntagma.[23] He remained in Padua until 1707 where he died.[24]

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