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Giovanni Meli (1740–1815)

Meli, Giovanni (mā’lē). The greatest of Sicilian poets; born at Palermo, March 4, 1740; died there, Dec. 20, 1815. He was professor of pharmaceutical chemistry in the University of Palermo (1787). His best work was his songs, some of which recall Anacreon and Theocritus; next, his witty satires and fables. He wrote also two epics, and the heroi-comic poem ‘Don Chisciotte,’ an elaboration and continuation of Cervantes’s ‘Don Quixote.’