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Remigio de' Girolami


Dominican theologian and preacher; b. Florence, 1235; d. there, 1319. Known also as Remi of Florence, he came from one of the foremost families of the city, the Chiaro Girolami. While studying arts at the University of Paris, he entered the Dominican Order at Saint-Jacques c. 1268. He is thought to have been a disciple of St. thom as aquinas, whom he certainly knew at Paris and whose doctrine he later followed. Before 1275, while still a deacon, he began his long teaching career as lector at Santa Maria Novella in Florence. In 1284 he was preacher general for Florence, and in 1294 he was prior of Santa Maria Novella. During his second assignment to Paris, he read the Sentences (130002) before receiving license to incept directly from boniface viii in 1302. Two Quodlibeta date from his regency, which continued at least until 1304, when benedict xi invited him to lecture in the curia in Perugia. He was provincial of the Roman province (130910) and again prior of Santa Maria Novella in 1313. He lived to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a Dominican.

The bulk of his writings, 24 treatises, of which only one has been edited, are preserved in Florence (Bibl. Naz. 910 C. 4). Among the more important treatises are De modis rerum, De bono communi, De peccato usurae, De via paradisi, and an alphabetically ordered Quaestiones theologicae (Bibl. Naz. G. 3. 465). His lectures on Romans and 1 Corinthians are preserved in Florence (Bibl. Naz. G. 4. 936). There is some evidence for considering him one of the "teachers" of dante alighieri in the sense that Remigio's lectures were open to Florentine citizens, and Dante's Convivio seems to have been inspired by Remigio.

Bibliography: p. glorieux, Répertoire des maîtres en théologie de Paris au XIII e siècle 1:177179. c. vasoli, Enciclopedia filosofica 4:63. m. grabmann, "Fra Remigio de' Girolami O.P., discepolo di S. Tommaso d'Aquino e maestro di Dante," Scuola cattolica 56 (1925) 267281, 347368; Mittelalterliches Geistesleben, v.1 (Munich 1926) 361373, 10:764765.

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