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Alessandro Maurocordato

(Phanar, Costantinopoli 1636/1641 – 1709/1710)
Doctor, Chief Dragoman of the Empire Council

Son of a silk merchant, Nicola and Roxana Beglitzi, Maurocordato was born into a Byzantine family who had originated from Chios, Greece.  After studying Greek in Rome, he enrolled in the second year of medicine and philosophy at the University of Padua in 1660. He stayed in Padua until 1663, when he was a councillor of the ultramarine nation.   He obtained his doctoral degrees in Bologna on May 16, 1664, where he published a dissertation on blood circulation of the lungs, Pneumaticum instrumentum circulandi sanguinis sive De motu et usu pulmonum.  He practiced medicine and held the chair of medicine of the Patriarchate until 1672.

He perused an administrative career and obtained the Chief Dragoman assignment, which he held from 1673 until his death.  As a diplomat in 1699, he was among the signatories of Treaty of Karlowitz, but was forced to temporarily leave Constantinople for fear of personal reprisals from the Ottoman Empire.  Having played a decisive role in the political structures of southeastern Europe, the Maurocordate dynasty had control over the Danubian principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia.

Alessandro Maurocordato

The restoration of the Alessandro Maurocordato canvas has been supported by Sella Farmaceutici

Alessandro Maurocordato

The restoration of the Alessandro Maurocordato canvas has been supported by Sella Farmaceutici