Eugenius of Palermo
) (, , Italian
: Eugenio da Palermo
; c. 1130 – 1202) was an amiratus
(admiral) of the Kingdom of Sicily
in the late twelfth century.
He was of Greek
origin, but born in Palermo
, and had an educated background, for he was "most learned in Greek and Arabic, and not unskilled in Latin."Houben, 99, quoting an anonymous Latin translator of Ptolemy's Almagest
. By the time of his admiralcy, the educated, multilingual Greek or Arab administrator was becoming rare in Sicily.
Eugenius' family had been important in the Hauteville
administration for generations before him. He was a son of Admiral John
and grandson of another Admiral Eugenius
. He served under William II
before being raised to the rank of admiral in 1190. His first duties were as an officer of the diwan
). He bore the title magister duane baronum
English: master of the baronial diwan
. The Latin title also appears as magister regie dohane baronum
in later charters. in September 1174, when he was sent by the king to Salerno
to check the accounts of the bailiffs
and to authorise the sale of property on behalf of the stratigotus,
so he could pay off a loan. Though his official duties as magister
are unknown, he was also in charge of publishing and disseminating a......