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Report No. t016

Ascanius Clementius Amerinus

fl. ?1568–?1597


Alternative Names

Ascanio Clementini



The old noble Clementini family originated in Rimini and established branches in Amelia in 1295 and Orvieto in 1332 (both prov. Terni, ITA). (Marchesi, 2.352.) A. was probably born in Amelia (Amerinus), almost certainly during the first half of the 16th century. In the second half he seems to have held several important ecclesiastical positions in and around Amelia. An Ascanio Clementini is said to have been prior of San Valentino de Arcis, a former Benedectine abbey not far from Amelia, until 1568. (San Valentino, Abbazia XIII sec, ‘La Farm House’.) A. may have held this post before moving on to other positions. He served as canon penitentiary in Amelia (Orlandi, 2.16) and was appointed vicar general there by 1592 (Mazzatinti, 4.7), although this combination of offices was prohibited by 1611 at the latest. (Ferraris, 2.148 n. 85.) Finally, an Ascanio Clementini is listed as uditore del nunzio in Venice in 1597. (Koller et al., p. 52, 54–55.) Although geographically distant from Amelia, this diplomatic position is not impossible for A. to have held. His only known work, the Tractatus de patria potestate, was published in Venezia in 1571 (reprints in Frankfurt 1572, TUI 1584, and Helmstadt 1674). The work suggests that A. had legal training, and contains more than hints of humanist and theological influence, without departing too far what might be described as the mos italicus in its extensive citations of medieval jurists.

Source: Not in DGI. CERL Thesaurus.

TUI database



No. 01

Tractatus de patria potestate, 1571.


Text(s) – Early Printed Editions

No. 01

Tractatus de patria potestate, 1571.

Early Printed Editions

Tractatus de patria potestate. Venezia: Heredi di Melchior Sessa, 1571 (online).


Tractatus de patria potestate. Frankfurt: Hieronymus Feyerabend, 1572 (online).


Tractatus universi iuris. Venezia: F. Ziletti, 1584, 8.2.98ra (online).


Tractatus de patria potestate. Helmstadt: Johann Dencker, 1674 (online).



San Valentino, Abbazia XIII sec, ‘La Farm House’ (website).

I Codici Minucciani dell’Istituto Storico Germanico, Inventario, A. Koller, P. P. Piergentili, and G. Venditti, ed. (Online-Publikationen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts in Rom; Roma 2009) 52, 54–55 (online only).

G. Mazzatinti, Gli archivi della storia d'Italia (1904) 4.7 (online).

L. Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, nec non Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica (1782) 2.148 n. 85 (online).

C. Orlandi, Delle città d'Italia e sue isole (Perugia 1772) 2.16 (online).

G. V. Marchesi, La galeria dell'onore ove sono descritte le segnalate memorie del sagr'ordine militare di S. Stefano P. e M. (Forlì 1735) 2.352 (online).