Onuphrius, Panvinius

Onuphrius, Panvinius a celebrated Augustinian monk of Italy, was born in 1529 at Verona. He applied himself especially to the study of ecclesiastical history, and continued the Lives of the Popes, begun by Platina, which he published, with a dedication to pope Pius V, in 1566. The work had been printed before at Venice in 1557 by his friend James Strada, who had forcibly taken the copy from him. Onuphrius afterwards marked several mistakes in the piece, and intended to correct them in a general history of the popes and cardinals, on which he was engaged when he died at Palermo, in Sicily, in 1568. He published also, De prinmatu Petri: — Chronicun Ecclesiasticum: — De antiquo ritu baptizandi Cathecunzenos, et de origine baptizandi imagines: — Festi et triumphi Romanorum: — De Sibyllis:Comment. Reipub. Romance: — Comment. de triumpho: Comment. in fastos consulares: — Libri qucatuor de imper. Rom.: — De urbis Veronce viris illustribus: Civitas Roma: — De ritu sepeliendi mortuos apud veteres Christianos: — De prcecipuis urbis Romce basilicis. etc. Paulus Manutius, in Epistolis, calls him the "Helluo antiquarum historiarum;" and it is said that he acquired the title of the Father of History. It is certain he was beloved by two emperors, Ferdinand and his son Maximilian, as also by Philip II, king of Spain. — Onuphrius took for his emblem an ox standing between a plow and an altar, with this motto, "In utrumque paratus;" importing that he was equally ready to undergo the fatigues of divinity or those of human sciences. A magnificent marble monument, with his statue in bronze, was erected by his friends to his memory in the church of the Augustine monks at Rome.

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