George Of Trebizond, a Greek scholar, born in the island of Crete in 1396, died in Rome in 1486. He arrived in Italy in 1430 at the invitation of Francesco Barbaro, a noble Venetian, and became professor of Greek literature and philosophy at Venice. Pope Euge-nius IVs invited him to Rome in the same capacity, and made him his secretary; and he was continued in these functions by Nicholas V. Though he was famous throughout Italy, some of his hasty translations of the Greek authors into Latin drew upon him attacks from Lorenzo Valla and Theodore Gaza, and his eulogies of Aristotle and attacks upon Plato provoked the enmity of the Florentine admirers of Plato, and particularly of Cardinal Bessa-rion. His subsequent life was a series of disputes, and his writings are remarkable for violent personalities.