Italia Medioevale e Umanistica vol:52 pages:103-137
The controversy between George Trapezuntius and Bessarion about Aristotle and Plato ended in victory for the cardinal, who had the advantage of the printing press, at least for the Latin version of ‘In calumniatorem Platonis’. The debate led also to some correspondence, all of it siding with Bessarion, found in various manuscripts, one of the most important of which is Marc. lat. VI 210 (2677). When studied in conjunction with the collected letters of the individual writers, especially Filelfo and Ficino, it proves that the dossier in favour of Bessarion was put together by his secretary Niccolò Perotti; it also reveals additions and modifications to the originals designed to make the welcome given to the refutation of Trapezuntius’ slander of Plato appear still more enthusiastic.