Antoninus, Marcus Annius Verus Aurelius

Antoninus, Marcus Annius Verus Aurelius.


Antoninus, archbishop of Florence: his real name was Antonius, but he was called by the diminutive Antoninus on account of his small stature. Born at Florence in 1389, he entered at sixteen years of age the order of St. Dominic, and soon acquired such a reputation that, even when yet quite young, he was intrusted:with the government of various houses of his order, at Cortona, Rome, Naples, Florence, etc., and contributed greatly to its reformation. In 1439 he took part in the Council of Florence. In 1446, Pope Eugenius IV appointed him to the archbishopric of Florence. He died in 1459, and Pius II granted a plenary indulgence of seven years to all persons who kissed his body before it was placed in the tomb! He was canonized in 1523. His works are:

1. Summa Historialis, set, Chronicon Tripartitum; from the creation to the year 1459 (Venice, 1481, Basle, 1491, 5 vols. fol., and elsewhere): —

2. Summa Theologiae moralis, partibus 4 distincta (Venice, 1477, 4 vols.; a new edition, with very copious notes by Father Mamachi, Venice, 1751, 4 vols. 4to): —

3. Summa Confessionalis (Argent. 1492, Venice, 1572): —

4. Annotationes de Donatione Constantmni M.; —

5. Trialogus de Discipulis Emmaunticis; with his Life: —

6. De Virtutibus liaer. His life is given by Echard, De Script. Ord. Prmdicat. 1, 818, and in the Acta Sanctorum, vol. 1:— Cave, Hist. Lit. anno 1444 Landon, Eccles. Dictionary, s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 2, 859.

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