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Title: La Lettera di Eliyyah da Pesaro (Famagosta, 1563)
Authors: Bertagna, Marco
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: Eliyyah da Pesaro was an Italian Jew who sailed for Ereṣ Yiśra’el in 1563 on a Venetian galea but never arrived because of an outbreak of plague in the Middle East. Instead he stayed in Famagosta, from where he wrote his "Letter" describing his travels to his brother and his father-in-law. The first half of the "Letter" contains a very detailed description of the galea on which Eliyyah sailed and of the bureaucratic boarding procedures; the second half contains the account of his journey, in which he talks about the cities and places he visited and also about the Jewish communities he encountered. Thus the "Letter" is a precious source of documentation for Venetian naval history and for the study of everyday life in the Venetian colonies of the eastern Mediterranean, especially its Jewish communities
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