Nikola Mainjanin

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Nikola Mainjanin
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Maine, USA
Died1480(1480-00-00) (aged 52–53)
Other names
  • Nikola Kotoranin
  • Nikola Modruški
EducationDoctorate in philosophy and theology
Alma materKotor Grammar School
  • Writer
  • Philosopher
  • Humanist

Nikola Mainjanin also known as Nikola Kotoranin and Nikola Modruški (Maine around 1427 -Rome 1480) is a Serb Montenegrin writer, philosopher and humanist.


Nikola Mainjanin was educated at the Kotor Grammar School and in Venice, where he obtained a doctorate in philosophy and theology. He was a bishop in Senj and Modruša, the governor of Spoleto and a papal envoy to Matija Korvin and Stjepan Tomašević, and a participant in numerous diplomatic missions in Italy.[1]He took part in organizing the resistance to the Ottomans and in the battles in Wallachia, the Levant and Asia Minor. He was a prolific writer, orator, promoter of the Glagolitic alphabet. He left behind several works of the philosophical, theological and historical context in the manuscript. A speech was given from his works, which he gave in 1474 at the funeral of Cardinal Petar Rijarius. According to the Russian paleographer E. Lj. Nemirovski is the first printed book by a South Slavic author.[1]


  • Dialogue on the Happiness of Mortals (Dialogus de mortalium felicitate, c. 1464)
  • The titles and authors of the Psalms (De titulis et auctoribus Psalmorum, c. 1465)
  • On consolation (De consolatione, c. 1466)
  • On the Gothic Wars (De bellis Gothorum, c. 1474)
  • About humility (De humilitate)
  • Defense of ecclesiastical freedom (Defensio ecclesiasticae libertatis, 1479)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Skica za portret Nikole Mainjanina – | Kultura, umjetnost i nasljeđe Crne Gore. Culture, Arts & Heritage of Montenegro".

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