|LIFE OF CARDINAL MEZZOFANTI|
Home > Mezzofanti > Biography > 1834 to 1836 > Greek Literature Speaking of the literature of Greece, Monsignor Missir, the learned Greek Archbishop of Irenopolis who has for many years resided at
Rome, declares(in a letter of May 21st, 1855,) his belief that " Mezzofanti was as fully master of the ancient Greek, as he was of Latin or Italian, and that there was scarce a Greek author, ancient or modern, sacred or profane, whom he had not read." The abate Pietro Matranga, a Greek of Sicily, and professor of Greek in the Greek College of St. Athanasius, confirms this impression to a great extent. He states (August 17th, 1855) that " in examining the students of the Greek College, (as was his custom for many years) in the classical authors, both the orators and the tragedians, Mezzofanti never had occasion to take a book into his hands; being able on the passage being indicated by the professor, to repeat it from memory."
A Polish priest named Ozarowski, stated as much for Polish literature to Dr. Cox.