Naironi, Antonio-fausto

Naironi, Antonio-Fausto a Maronite savant, was born about 1635 at Ban, on Mount Lebanon, and was a nephew of Abraham Ecchellensis. Naironi was educated at Parma; and after a voyage to Syria to procure works relative to his Protestant brethren, he became professor of the Syriac language in the College de Sapience in 1666, and occupied this chair until 1694. He died at Rome November 3, 1707. We have of his works, Officia sanctorum juxta ritum ecclesica Maronitarum (Rome, 1656, 1666, fol.): — De saluberrima potione cahue sen cafe nuncupata discursus (Rome, 1671, 12mo; translated into Italian by Fred. Vegilin [Rome, 1671] and by Paul Bosca [Milan, 1673], and into French): — Dissertatio de oriqine, nomine ac religione Maronitarum (Rome, 1679, 8vo; a work eclipsed by the learned researches of Assemani): — Evoplia fidei catholicae Romance historic co- dogmaticae (Rome, 1694, 8vo), in which is found a large number of curious facts in the civil and religious history of the East. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Genesis s.v.

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