Domenico Tempio

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Domenico Tempio
File:Domenico Tempio.jpg
Portrait of Domenico Tempio by Giuseppe Gandolfo
Born (1750-08-22)August 22, 1750
Catania, Italy
Died February 4, 1821(1821-02-04) (aged 70)
Catania, Italy
Language Italian/Sicilian
Spouse Francesca Longo
Children one daughter

Domenico Tempio (1750–1821) was an Italian writer who mainly wrote in the Sicilian language or dialect. During his lifetime, he was considered a major poet, and was much praised, but after his death his work was largely forgotten, until a reawakening of interest following the second world war.[1] His poem La Caristia ("The famine"), describing a famine and rioting in Catania in 1797-98, is regarded as his major work.[2]


  • Operi di Duminicu Tempiu catanisi (1814-1815) is a collection of his poetry, edited by Francesco Strano. The best-known poems are L'Odi l'Ignuranza Supra, The Maldicenza sconfitta, Veru Piaciri Lu, The Mbrugghereidi, The Numi Scerra di li, Lu cuntrastu allayed, PACI di Marcuni, Li and Li Pauni Nuzzi.
  • The Caristia (1848), is his most important work, published posthumously by Vincenzo Percolla. It is a poem in twenty cantos.
  • Tempio di Domenico Poesie (1874) is the second edition of his works, with many additions.
  • Erotic poetry was collected in 1926 by Raffaele Corso Di Vincenzo and by Maria and Santo Cali in 1970.


  1. "Domenico Tempio in Enciclopedia di Catania,". Retrieved 23 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Tempio, Domenico (1 Oct 2010). Poems and fables. introduced and translated by Giovanna Summerfield. Legas. p. 17. ISBN 1-881901-68-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>