Vitsentzos Kornaros

Erotokritos, Antonio Bortoli edition, oldest existing version, 1713

Vitsentzos Kornaros (Greek Βικέντιος or ) or Vincenzo Cornaro (Sitia, 1553-Candia, 1613, alternate spellings: Vicenzo, Vitzentzos) was a Cretan poet of the Greek Renaissance who wrote the romantic epic poem Erotokritos. He was the leading figure of the Cretan Renaissance.


Not many biographical sources exist about Kornaros himself apart from the last verses of Erotokritos. It is believed that he was born in Sitia, March 29, 1553. He came from a wealthy family and lived in Sitia roughly up to 1590, while later he moved to Candia) (present Iraklion), where his marriage with Marietta Zeno took place. Together they had two daughters named Helen and Katerina. Since 1591, Kornaros undertook administrative ranks, while during the season of plague (1591 -1593) he worked as a sanitary supervisor. He showed interest in literature and was a member of a literary group called Academy of Strange, that was founded by his brother Andreas, who was also a writer. He died in Candia, in 1613 (or 1614) and was buried at the church of Agios Frangkiskos. The cause of his death remains unknown.

Theophilos Hadjimichail, Erotokritos and Aretousa , c. 1930


  • Erotokritos
  • H Thysia toy Isaak (Greek: Η Θυσία του Ισαάκ, translation: Isaac's Sacrifice)


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