Marino Becichemo

(Shkoder, Albania 1468 – 1526 Padua, Italy)
Albanian humanist, orator, and chronicler

Son of the secretary of the Republic of Venice, Marino and Bianca Pagnano of the Milanese merchant family.

At a young age, he moved to Brescia where he studied Latin and Greek. In 1495, he became public school Rector of Dubrovnik 1495, the following year he went to Naples then to France in 1499. After receiving Venice citizenship in 1500, he opened a humanist school, which he moved to Padua in 1501.

In 1503, he went to Brescia, where he held the chair of the municipal school until 1508. In 1509, he became a reader of humanity for the students of the Venetian Chancellery. In 1517, he reopened the humanist school in Padua. His university position was confirmed for the following years with a progressive increase in salary, probably because a large number of students attended his courses. He published commentaries on classical Latin authors, as well as several orations well known in Padua and Venice.

Marino Becichemo