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Report No. t245

Cornelius Benincasius

d. 1603


Alternative Names

Cornelio Benincasa



Details about C’s origins, early life, and education are sparse. Italian edit16 says that he was sometimes called ‘degli Ansidei’, that he was born in Perugia, and that he died in 1603. We have been unable to confirm these details, but they are plausible. C. was probably a doctor in utroque. He is listed on the website of the university of Perugia as a member of the faculties of both canon and law, probably from 1560 and again in 1579. A more detailed sampling from the faculty registers confirms that he did teach both disciplines. O. Scalvanti, ‘L’esame di laurea di Alberico Gentile’, Annali della Facoltà di giurisprudenza dell’università di Perugia, 8 (1898) 47–48.

A bit more about C’s career can be reconstructed or inferred from his published works. His De paupertate ac eius privilegiis (TUI 1584 t. 18) was first published in Perugia in 1562 with the subtitle: ‘In quo inter plurima quae recensentur specialia miserabilibus personis indultae: facillimus subijitur modus et ordo adeundi haereditates cum beneficio legis et inventarij, tam ex iure communi quam municipali deptōptus [recte ‘depromptus’]’. The work was reprinted, with works by other authors, in Köln in 1582. In 1572 (again in Perugia), he published a Tractatus ad titulum de constitutionibus, to which was added a brief tract De alluvione. In the dedicatory epistle he describes himself as teaching canon law, presumably at Perugia. After 1584, he published an Apologia boni publici de non constituendo consanguineos cogi pro bannitis de non offendendo cavere (Perugia 1587), a Tractatus de dote (Perugia 1590), and Ad rub. & . 1. I. ff. Solu. matri. [D.24.3 and D24.3.1] praelectiones quotidianae (Perugia 1590). The last two may be same work, but nothing of the Tractatus de dote seems to be available online. The title page of the Praelectiones (1590) says that he was teaching civil law in the afternoon. This is probably enough to surmise that he was teaching and writing in Perugia throughout a quite long career. After his death, the De constitutionibus was reprinted (Speyer 1608).

Source: Not in DGI. CERL Thesaurus.

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