Angelo Mai

Cardinal and celebrated philologist. Born Schilpario, Italy, 1782; died Albano, Italy, 1854. He entered the Society of Jesus, in 1811 was appointed to the Ambrosian Library, Milan. After leaving the Jesuits, 1819 he was appointed to the Vatican library. Created cardinal in 1838. He is noted for his discoveries of new classical texts by more than 350 authors, which he published in a large series of "Anecdota". They include Cicero's De republica, an important Greek manuscript of the Bible, and works by Marcus Aurelius, Plautus, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, and several of the Apostolic Fathers and of the Italian humanists.

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