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De Dignoscendis Hominibus (Pedro Monte)
|De Dignoscendis Hominibus|
|On the Dignity of Man|
|Full title||Pietro Montis De Dignoscendis|
|Place of origin||Milan|
|Publisher||Antonio Zaroto Parmenion|
|Publication date||16 January 1492|
De Dignoscendis Hominibus ("On the Dignity of Man") is a Spanish fencing manual by Pedro Monte, written in Latin and printed in Milan in 1492. It is potentially the first treatise on martial arts ever published (depending on the exact publication date of Das Landshuter Ringerbuch). Sydney Anglo states that "Monte's treatment [of wrestling] could scarcely have been more unusual for, although there were earlier manuals of wrestling, no one had attempted to analyse the general principles underlying unarmed combat—one of the tasks Monte set himself."
Monte's De Dignoscendis Hominibus was translated from the initial Spanish manuscript by Gonsalvo Ayora and published in Milan on 16 January 1492 by Antonio Zaroto Parmenion. It was later translated into Italian and included (without attribution) in the ms. alfa.T.7.25; this manuscript was transcribed by Carlo Bascetta and published in 1978.
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- Bascetta, Carlo. Sport E Giuochi: Trattati E Scritti Dal XV Al XVIII Secolo. Milan: Il Polifilo, 1978. ISBN 978-8870501223
- Fontaine, Marie-Madeleine. Le condottiere Pietro del Monte, philosophe et écrivain de la Renaissance, 1457-1509. Geneva-Paris: Slatkine, 1991. ISBN 978-2051011839
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