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Gjon Muzaka (
fl. ''Floruit'' (), abbreviated fl. (or occasionally flor.), Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language A classical language is a language A language is a structured system of communication Communication (from Latin ''communic ...
1510; it, Giovanni Musachi di Berat ) was an
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n
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nobleman
from the
Muzaka family The Muzaka were an Albanian nobility, Albanian noble family that ruled over the region of Myzeqe (southern Albania) in the Late Middle Ages. The Muzaka are also referred to by some authors as a tribe or a clan. The earliest historical document th ...
, that has historically ruled in the
Myzeqe Myzeqe or Myzeqeja (also Musachia; rup, Muzachia) is a plain in the Western Lowlands The Western Lowlands ( sq, Ultësira Bregdetare or Ultësira Perëndimore) is a physiogeographical region encompassing the western edge of Albania Albania ...

Myzeqe
region,
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. In 1510 he wrote a ''Breve memoria de li discendenti de nostra casa Musachi'' (Short memoir on the descendants of our Myzeqe lineage). The work was published in Karl Hopf's ''Chroniques gréco-romaines'', Paris 1873, pp. 270–340. According to his memoirs, Gjon's father died before Ottomans captured
Berat Berat (, sq-definite, Berati) is the ninth largest city by population of the Republic of Albania Albania ( ; sq, Shqipëri or Shqipëria), officially the Republic of Albania ( sq, Republika e Shqipërisë), is a country in Southeastern E ...

Berat
in 1417.


The memoir of Gjon Muzaka (1515)

His memoir is considered to be the oldest substantial text written by an
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n. It was originally written in Latin and his name was listed as Giovanni Musachi. In it he mentions several interesting things that were confirmed to have been accurate by
Noel Malcolm Sir Noel Robert Malcolm, (born 26 December 1956) is an English political journalist, historian and academic. A King's Scholar at Eton College Eton College () is a 13–18 age range Independent school (United Kingdom), independent boarding s ...
. Among other things he claims that, according to family history, the name "Musachi" is derived from a corrupted form of the name "Molossachi", ancient tribesmen of
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known as the
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.


Name

His name is mentioned in sources in several different versions, like John, Giovanni Ivan, and Jovan.


References

16th-century Albanian people
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