Paolo Maria Paciaudi

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Paolo Maria Paciaudi
Born23 November 1710 Edit this on Wikidata
Turin, Kingdom of Sardinia
Died1 February 1785 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 74)
Parma, Duchy of Parma
Alma mater
OccupationClassical archaeologist, librarian, antiquarian, historian, numismatist, preacher Edit this on Wikidata

Paolo Maria Paciaudi (1710 – 1785) was an Italian Theatine priest, antiquarian, and historian.


He born at Turin in 1710. He studied at Bologna, became professor of philosophy at Genoa, and in 1761 settled at Parma as librarian to the grand-duke, who also appointed him his antiquary and director of some public works; besides which he was historiographer of the Order of Malta. He died in 1785. The cleric Ireneo Affò replaced him as librarian in Parma.

Main works[edit]

  • De sacris christianorum balneis (1750, 4to);
  • De cultu S. Joannis Baptistæ antiquitates Christianæ (1754, 4to), a masterpiece full of religious minutiae;
  • De athletarum κυβιστήσει in palæstra Græcorum commentarius (1756, 4to);
  • Monumenta Peloponnesiaca (1761, 2 vols. 4to);
  • Memoirs of the Grand Masters of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (1780, 3 vols. 4to);
  • Lettres au comte de Caylus (1802, 8vo).


  • Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from McClintock, John; Strong, James (1867–1887). Cyclopædia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper and Brothers. The entry cites:
    • Fabroni, Vitæ Italorum, vol. 14 s.v.;
    • Leneys, Life of Paciaudi prefixed to his Letters to M. de Caylus;
    • Tipaldo, Biog. degli Italiani illustri, vol. 10, s.v.

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