Clemente Peani

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Clemente Peani (1731–1782), also known as Clemens Peanius and Clemens di Gesù, was a member of Congregatio de Propaganda Fide who was involved in the preparation of Alphabetum grandonico-malabaricum sive samscrudonicum, published in 1772 by the congregation's press.[1] Clemente spent several years in Kerala where he devoted himself to mission work and a study of Malayalam, a Dravidian language. During a visit to Rome he cut and engraved a set of Malayalam types for the press.[2]


  1. ^ Library of Congress online catalog
  2. ^ European Missionaries and the Study of Dravidian Languages (Notes on some books and manuscripts held in the British Museum) by Albertine Gaur