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giuseppe caspar cardinal mezzofanti

He spoke languages I've never even heard of - Chaldean, Amharic, Ge'es, Guzerati - in all a whopping 38, fluently, with no accent, and he never set foot outside of Italy! He is history's greatest hyperpolyglot. Today's great Italian is an inspiration to us all, Giuseppe Caspar Cardinal Mezzofanti.

For the complete text of a 500-page biography online go here. And you can see a table of the languages Mezzofanti spoke here.

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