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Paride del Pozzo

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Paride del Pozzo
Also known as Paridis de Puteo
Born 1410
Died 1493
Resting place Chiesa d'Sant Agostino
Occupation Jurist
Citizenship Neapolitan
Alma mater University of Naples
Patron Alfonso V of Aragon
Influenced Achilles Marozzo
Genres Legal treatise
Notable work(s) De duello (1476)

Paride del Pozzo (Latin: Paridis or Paris de Puteo) (1410-1493) was 15th century Italian jurist. He was born in Pimonte in the Duchy of Amalfi, from a family of Piedmontese origin.[1] He moved to Napoli early in life, where he began his study of the law; he went on to study at universities in Roma, Bologna, Firenze, and Perugia. Upon his return to Napoli, he entered the service of Alfonso V of Aragon ("the Magnanimous"), king of Napoli, and served in positions including General Auditor and General Inquisitor.

Later in his career, Pozzo wrote and published various legal treatises; perhaps owing to their position at the very beginning of the history of printing, they were reprinted many times over the subsequent century. In 1472-73, he published De syndicatu officialium, a treatise on forensic evidence. He followed this in 1476-77 with De duello, vel De re militari in singulari certamine ("On the Duel, or On Military Matters in Single Combat"). This treatise is particularly important due to its detailed descriptions of dueling laws and customs, which help establish the context of 15th century fighting systems, and also of incidents from specific historical duels, which shed light on how fighting looked in practice.

Pozzo died in 1493 and was buried in the Chiesa d'Sant Agostino in Napoli.


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  1. According to Pietro Giannone, the family was originally from Alexandria, forced to continue moving due to political struggles.
  2. "Axe" omitted from all editions except the first.
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  4. It: sententiousness