Simone Majoli

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Simone Majoli[1] (1520–1597)[2] was an Italian canon lawyer,[3] bishop and author. His encyclopedic work Dies caniculares[4] (Dog days), covered a wide range of topics in natural history, demonology and other subjects such as werewolves. First published in 1597, it ran to several later editions. He is mentioned in the early history of the explanation of fossils, by Charles Lyell,[5] as a pioneer of volcanic explanations.

He was born in Asti, and became bishop of Volturara and Montecorvino, in 1572.[6]


  1. ^ Simon Majoli, Simone Maioli, Simon Maioli, Simon Majolus, Simon Maiolus.
  2. ^ Lynn Thorndike, History of Magic and Experimental Science Part 12, p. 110.
  3. ^ [1], in Italian.
  4. ^ MAIOLO, Simeone
  5. ^ Principles of Geology (1840) p. 39; [2].
  6. ^ Jean-Pierre Niceron, Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire des hommes illustres dans la république (1734), p. 332.