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ther D. Januarius Salinas, a Man perfectly skilled in the History, and Laws of the Roc mans : He has also took care to diftinguish the Orthodox Councils from the unlawful Meetings of the Hereticks. Thus much for the first Volume, and the Works which are now published.

The second Volume will contain the twenty Books of Sigonius De Regno Italiæ ; that valuable Work will be rendred much more useful by the Cares of Mr. Argelati himself, and of Joseph Anthony Sexius, Keeper of the Ambrosian Library at Modena. This Library has furnished him with a great many ancient Records, which were unknown to Sigonius. He will also make use of several Charters and Diplomas, some of which have never yet been printed: The Collection of the Italian Historians has also been a great help to him, for illustrating that particuJar Work of Sigonius. . .

MR. Argelati tells us, that he does not yet know in what order the other Works of Sigonius will be placed ; but he affures us, that they will come out with the Notes and Observations of the Learned, either already printed, or intirely new: and particularly to the following Books of Sigonius, viz. De Antiquo jure Civium Romanorum, Italiæ, ac Provinciarum, & De Comitiis, De binis Comitiis & Lege Curiata, will be added Prolegomena by Horatio Blanci, and a continual Commentary bị John Madernus, as also all the Notes and Observations that are to be found in Gruter's Thesaurus Antiquitatum Romanarum. The Editor also informs us, that a very learned Man, but too modest to permit that his Name should be published, has took

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are to illustrate Sigonius's Books, De Albenienfium & Lacedemoniorum Temporibus.

Sigonius has also written a Work on the Republick of the Hebrews, and Commentaries on Sulpicius Severus: these were printed in his Lifetime ; he also wrote the History of the Christian Church, in eight Books; it is probable this last Work has never been printed, for Mr. Argelati fays, he wishes he may find it; if he does, he intends to print it with the two last mentioned, in a Volume apart, and to illustrate them all along with Observations: Mr. Mafei takes upon him to write the Notes upon the Books concerning the Republick of the Hebrews, · The same learned Gentleman will also add to Sigonius's Commentary on Sulpicius Severus, all such Notes and Observations of other Commentators, as are any ways useful or material, corrected and improved by himself. · The sacred and the profane History of Bologna, written by Sigonius, will also be printed in this Edition, with explanatory Notes; Father Aloisius Rabbi has undertaken to illustrate the sacred History, and Mr. Alexander Machiavel, a learned Civilian, the Profane.

Mr. Argelati himself, as he very modestly tells us, has endeavoured to illustrate the Life of Andrew Doria, written by Sigonius, by adding

to it Copies of the several Treaties of Peace and · other publick Transactions relating to that

Prince: Thele Copies have been communicated to our Editor, by Mr. Nicholas Dominicus Mutius. Mr. Argelati has also added some Remarks borrowed from the Latin and Greek Authors, to Sigorius's Life of Emilius Scipio,

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ascribed to Sigonius. Mr, Argelati tells us he has examined that Book carefully, and will print ic with his Opinion, and with those of several learned Men: And to render all the Works of Sigonius more useful, he has added to it several Maps, and large Indexes at the end of each Book.

We come now to the Life of Sigonius, being persuaded that the Publick will be pleased to find here an Account of that Great and Learned Man. He was born at Modena in the Year 1523 or 1524. He studied Greek under Franciscus Portus, one of the most learned Men at that time, and Father of the famous Emilius Portus. Sigonius being fixteen Years old, was fent by his Father to Bologna, where he applied himself to Logick and Philosophy; he studied also Phyfick in' that celebrated University : but he did it rather to comply with his father's desire, than to follow his own Inclination; and when he was a little above twenty Years of Age, he left off the Study of Physick, and was received in the House of Cardinal Grimano, Patriarch of Aquileia, with whom he stayed but a few Months. For, taking a turn to Modena in the Year 1545, either to settle fome Family Affairs, or, which is more probable, being fecretly invited by his Friends there ; they prevailed with him to stay in that City, where he was made a Professor of the Greek Tongue, in the room of Francis Portus, who had been elected Professor in the University of Ferrara. But as Sigonius was in a manner ingaged with Cardinal Grimano, the Magistrates of Modena thought it their Duty to write a Letter to that Cardinal, acquainting him that they prevailed with Sigonius to stay with

them, them, and that they hoped the Cardinal would not be offended at it. He answer'd them in a very obliging manner, that he gave his 'confent to what they had done ; he also bestows a very great Encomium on Sigonius.

Sigonius being now Professor in his native Country, with a handsome Salary, applied himself very earnestly to his Study; and all the time he could spare after his publick and private Lectures, he spent ic in illustrating ancient HiItory. He was assisted in this by Lewis Caftelvetro, a Citizen of Modena, famous by his learned Works. .

The first Book Sigonius wrote, was the Life of Cornelius Scipio Æmilianus ; this he composed in his younger Years, but Castelvetro advised him not to publish it yet. Sigonius complied with his Friend's üsivice, but he had soon reason to repent it: For Antbonio Bendinello hearing that Sigonius had attempted to write Scipio's Life, went upon it himself, and finished it in a little time, so that he published it at Florence in the Year 1549 ; which for that time at least render'd Sigonius's Labours entirely useless : However, some time after he published his Life of Scipio ; whereupon he was accused by Bendinello himself of Plagiarism, as though he had borrowed all his Materials from that Author: In his Defence, he appeals to both these Lives, and desires that they might be compared, being confident that whoever compares his Life of Scipio with that of Bendinello, will be satisfied that he did not copy after Bendinello ; he adds, that what he wrote of Scipio was exceedingly admired by Peter Francis Contareno, a Man of great Learning and Judgment.

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he was capable of greater Performances, in which he could not be liable to the Accusation of Plagiarism. He published the Commentaries on the Fasti and Triumphs of the Roman Commonwealth, from the building of Rome, to the time of Tiberius: These Commentaries were first printed at Modena in 1550, dedicated to Hercules II. Duke of Ferrara; they were afterwards reprinted with Additions in 1556, dedicated to Lawrence Priolo, Doge of Venice : they have been fince printed at Basil in 1559, and at other Places several times. This Work of Sigonius gave him a wonderful Reputation amongst all the Learned ; and indeed 'tis one of the most useful Books that are extant, to understand thoroughly the Roman History.

Sigonius had been alınost seven Years Professor of the Greek Tongue at Modena, when the Senate of Venice resolved to have that learned and famous Man in their City: accordingly, in the beginning of November, in the Year 1552, Sigonius went to Venice, and was installed the fourth of the same Month by a Decree of the Senate ; succeeding, not Baptist Egnatius, as De Thou writes, but Francis Robortello, who had been promoted to the Professorship in the University of Padua. .

Sigonius's Task at Venice was to teach Rhetorick and Eloquence, which he did with a general Applause; and every Year he delivered publickly an Oration or Harangue on some curious Subject: seven of these Orations written

Works.' In the Year 1553, he published a Book, intitled, De Noininibus Romanorum, of iba Names of the Ramans; and in 1.555, he

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