The Office of a Bishop =: De Officio Viri Boni et Probi Episcopi

The Office of a Bishop =: De Officio Viri Boni et Probi Episcopi

The Office of a Bishop =: De Officio Viri Boni et Probi Episcopi

The Office of a Bishop =: De Officio Viri Boni et Probi Episcopi

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The Contarini were among Venice's most distinguished families. Eight Contarini served Venice as doges between 1043 and 1688. Gasparo was the eldest son of Alvise di Federico dei Contarini and had seven brothers and five sisters. Their family's wealth derived from trading, especially in Egypt and in Apulia along Italy's Adriatic coast, but like many aristocratic Venetian families, as Venetian trade declined in the eastern Mediterranean, the Contarini diversified by buying land in the Veneto, especially near Padua. Gasparo's early education was under a family tutor at Venice; in 1501 he entered the University of Padua, arguably the world's best university after Paris and continued his studies there until 1509. Like many aristocrats, he did not take a degree, but he was a keen and dedicated student whose interests ranged over Latin and Greek literature, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, and especially theology and philosophy; soon after leaving Padua he wrote treatises in several different disciplines. His best-known teacher at Padua was Pietro Pomponazzi, Europe's leading expert on Aristotle. So dedicated was Contarini to intellectual pursuits that when his father died in 1502, he entrusted the . . .

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