The Incredible Story of a Fourteenth-Century Accountant

Look, I didn’t even realize that since I started this project with a small dose of general culture, I’ve written more about Italian thinkers. It wasn’t intentional, it just happened. What do you do if they are good in many ways? Didn’t they invent Latin, the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, pizza, the coolest Western movies, the famous Catenaccio, and how many more? This is. What is theirs.

Ciriaco from AnconaPhoto: Wikipedia

Therefore, today we are also advancing with Italian. More precisely, Ciriaco Pizzecolli, also known as Ciriaco from Ancona, because from there it was … from Ancona. He learns mathematics, so he takes care of all the boring things related to bills, accounts, records, etc., and this one does not gladly do.

This is a kind of accounting, although this has not yet been invented. But look, in life, sometimes you prepare for one and end up doing another. This is also the case with Ciriaco, because he was not only famous for mathematics or accounting. But in order to make you understand the importance of this in science, I must give you a short picture of the times.

Like I said, Ciriaco lived in Ancona. There, in Ancona, there is still a famous arch erected by Apollodorus of Damascus, in honor of Trajan and the conquest of Dacia. In case you didn’t know, this is where Trajan began his campaigns in Dacian. finally! The point is, our son goes through this arc every day, and although he didn’t know a Latin word, he could read Trajan’s name. When Petrarch’s book fell into his hands, in which the man wrote about his passion for antiquities, so did Cerraco. He caught the seed of history and never got rid of it.

A fleeting mind, in a sea of ​​ignorance

Indeed, because I wanted to get here, those in his day had little to do with history, nor had they at all. For them, Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar, who had clearly heard of him, was a kind of medieval knight. Even Ricordano Malespini, the thirteenth century historian, wrote in his “Storia fiorentina” how the wife of a Roman aristocrat, Belisea by her name, went to the Easter church to participate. From this we can conclude that Malspini was not only a woe to his life in history, but most of all, since no one noticed that the act took place about a hundred years before Jesus.

The remains of the Roman era, may God have mercy on her. They were everywhere, and people treated them as if they had been there for a long time, without paying much attention to them. Moreover, all kinds of stories were scorned, see the case of the Pantheon in Rome, which was made by demons. That’s all on his mind, I’m not too strong to condemn him. All they cared about was that they were made by pagans, demons, and all kinds of supernatural creatures, so it was best to avoid them as much as possible.

The sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti, a contemporary of Cieraco, tells us an eloquent sequence in this sense in his “Comments”. In Siena, he said, some people were digging the foundations of a house, when they came across a beautiful marble statue, or Venus or something like that, which the people took and originally set up in the central square. The happiness did not last long, a citizen woke up to tell them that since they had found the statue, it was only bad for them. This was a clear sign from above that they had fallen into idolatry. Therefore, they smashed the statue, and secretly buried the crumbs around Florence, so that those there also might enjoy divine punishment, for they did not know what had bothered them in Siena. That’s why those who visit Florence get sick! So you know.

Well, that is where Ciriaco comes in, for he began to sing all the cities on the peninsula, pointing out not only all the monuments and monuments, but even drawing and sometimes illustrating them as they were before. Or how he thought it would look. When he finished with the Italian cities, he took possession of the entire Mediterranean basin, for he was traveling there on business. Therefore, he made an inventory of antiquities in Greece, Turkey, Syria and Egypt, and wherever he was.

Above all, he also learned Latin, began to study alone, began to put history together, and explained to his people that they were idiots, and that the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians lived long before them. other habits, and they behaved completely differently.

Basically, man invents archeology. He didn’t dig anywhere, that’s right, but what he was doing is still called archaeology. He didn’t post anything at all. All his notes, drawings and drawings were in six volumes, a kind of personal diary, which was copied and re-copied by those who came after him. The originals disappeared long ago, but copies began to be published hundreds of years later. That was the day. On this occasion, I am convinced that you have learned something new, namely, that the Italians, in addition to all that they invented, are also of the origins of archeology.

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