Palingenius, Marcellus an Italian poet of the 16th century, was a native of Stellada, in Ferrara. He is chiefly known by his Zodiacus Vitae, which brought him into trouble, as it contains many sarcastic attacks on monks and Church abuses. His name is therefore in the Index Librorum Prohibitorsum as a Lutheran heretic. The book is entitled Zodiacus Vitae, id est de hominis vita, studio ac moribus optinze instituendis libri 12 nunc demuns ad exemplaria prinaria sedule castigati (Rott. 1722, small 8vo).