Girolamo Dandini (1554–1634)

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For the cardinal and papal nuncio, see Girolamo Dandini (1509-1559).

Girolamo Dandini ((Latin) Hieronymus Dandinus) (1554–1634) was an Italian Jesuit and academic.

Title page from De corpore animato (1611).


He was born in Cesena. With Juan Maldonado he was the first Jesuit professor in Paris, at the Collège de Clermont; there he taught François de Sales.[1] Later he was professor of theology at Perugia.

He was sent in 1596 by Pope Clement VIII as nuncio to Lebanon, to preside at a general Maronite council, for the purpose of introducing certain liturgical reforms. It was held at the Qannubin Monastery.[2][3] On the way Dandini visited Cyprus; he was accompanied by Fabio Bruno, who had been on an earlier mission in 1580 with Giovanni Battista Eliano.[4]


His De corpore animato was one of the last scholastic analyses of the intelligible species concept in Aristotle.[5]

He was author of an Ethica sacra: hoc est de virtutibus, et vitiis libri quinquaginta, published in 1651.[6]

In 1656 his account of his mission in Lebanon was published as Missione apostolica al patriarca, e maroniti del Monte Libano. It was translated into French by Richard Simon as Voyage au Mont Liban (1675).[7]


  1. ^ (French) Scholasticon page
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Maronites". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  3. ^ Account in Histoire des conciles d'après les documents originaux vol. 11 (1907); at
  4. ^ Charles A. Frazee, Catholics and Sultans: The Church and the Ottoman Empire 1453-1923 (2006), pp. 137–9; Google Books.
  5. ^ Leen Spruit, Species Intelligibilis: Renaissance controversies, later scholasticism, and the elimination of the intelligible species in modern philosophy (1995), p. 319; Google Books.
  6. ^ Old biography
  7. ^ Guy G. Stroumsa, A New Science: the discovery of religion in the Age of Reason (2010), p. 183 note 9; Google Books.

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