Italian poet; born at Fossano 1820; died there Nov. 27, 1883. Passionately devoted to the classics, Donato from his early youth applied himself to the comparative study of the works of Æschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides and those of Alfieri and Del Monti. Of his own dramas the following deserve special mention: "Bianca Cappello," represented with great success at the Alfieri Theater, Turin, in 1874; "Cola di Rienzo"; "Catilina," tragedy in five acts; and "Eglon," dramatic poem in five acts, full of Biblical inspiration. Sacerdote was also an accomplished writer of sonnets, odes, and songs.

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