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Paolo Sarpi

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Connexions module: m11967 1 Paolo Sarpi ∗ Albert Van Helden This work is produced by The Connexions Project and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License † Abstract A brief biography of Paolo Sarpi (1552-1623). Figure 1: Paolo Sarpi 1 Pietro (his birth name) Sarpi was born in Venice, the son of Francesco Sarpi, a struggling merchant from San Vito (northwest of the city), and Isabella Morelli a Venetian from a good family. Francesco died ∗ Version 1.2: May 25, 2004 1:41 pm GMT-5 † 1 Connexions module: m11967 2 young, and young Pietro was educated by his mother's brother, a priest and school master, and then by Fra Giammaria Capella, a monk in the Servite Order.[1] In 1566, at the age of fourteen, Pietro was received in the Servite Order and took the name of Paolo. By the time he was ordained a priest, in 1574, Sarpi was an immensely learned monk, trained in philosophy, theology, mathematics, Greek, and Hebrew. His first assignment was as an assistant to Cardinal Carlo Borromeo in Milan. He was recalled to Venice a few years later and rose rapidly in the Servite Order. In 1579 he became Provincial of Venice and was chosen as one of three Servite scholars to revise the constitution and rule of the Order. In connection with this task, Sarpi spent some time in Rome to study the decrees of the Council of Trent. Here he became friends with Robert Bellarmine 2 , although later they became opponents. Back in Venice, Sarpi became Procurator General 3 of the Venetian province of the Order in 1584 and served as Vicar-General from 1599 to 1604. He lived in quiet retirement in his monastery, performing his religious tasks and pursuing his private studies. Figure 2: Paolo Sarpi Beginning in the 1590s, disputes between Rome and the Venetian Republic over jurisdictional issues became frequent. As a r

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