Monte Catino, Antonio

Monte Catino, Antonio an Italian philosopher, was born at Ferrara in 1536. Of noble extraction, he studied different sciences in his own country, and became professor of philosophy. He was particularly esteemed by duke Alfonso II, who chose him for his secretary, and sent him as ambassador to the court of France, and to that of Rome. According to Muratori, he repaid the family of his benefactor with ingratitude, and was the principal instrument in the overthrow of the duchy of Ferrara by the Holy See. He died at Ferrara in 1599. Monte Catino is the author of Aristotelis Politicorutm lib. iii

(Ferrara, 1587-97, 3 volumes, fol.); this Latin version is accompanied by a commentary, which Naude does not esteem very highly; and the second volume, which appeared in 1784, contains also the Republic and the Laws of Plato, as well as some fragments: In octavum librum Physicae Aristotelis Commentarius (Ferrara, 1591, fol.): — In primam partem lib. iii Aristotelis de Anima. Francesco Patrizi has dedicated to Monte Catino one of the volumes of his Discussiones Peripatetice, and he has left a magnificent eulogy of the virtues of this philosopher. See Bayle, Dict. Critique, s.v.; Naude, Bibliogr. Polit. volume 27; Ag. Superbi, Apparato degli Uomini illustri di Fecrrara; Muratori, Antichita Estensi, part 2, c. 14; Tiraboschi, Storia della Letter. Ital. volume 7, part 1.

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