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(FACCIOLATO), JACOPO, was born at Torreglia, Italy, January 4, 1682. He was educated in the college at Este, and afterwards in the seminary at Padua, where he became professor of theology and philosophy, and director of studies. "The seminary of Padua had then, as subsequently, a high reputation as a place for the study of Latin, and for the numerous and generally accurate editions of the classics and other school-books which have come from its press. Facciolati contributed to support this reputation by his labors. Among other works, he published improved editions of the Lexicon of Schrevelius, of the Thesaurus Ciceronianus of Nizolius, and of the vocabulary of seven languages, known by the name of Lexicon Calepinum (1731, 2 volumes, fol.). In this last undertaking he was greatly assisted by his pupil, Egidio Forcellini, although he was not willing to acknowledge the obligation. It was in the course of his joint labors with Facciolati that Forcellini conceived the plan of a totally new Latin dictionary, which, after more than, thirty years' assiduous application, he brought to light under the title of Totius Latinitate Lexicon (Paduua, 1771, 4 volumes, fol.). This work has superseded all other Latin dictionaries. Forcellini, more generous than Facciolati, acknowledged in the title-page of his work that its production was in great measure due to the advice and instruction of his deceased master. The MS. of his Lexicon, in 12 volumes, fol., is preserved in the library of the seminary." The best editions are (1) that of Furlanetto (Patav. 1827-32, 4 volumes, 4to; ed. by Hertel and Voigtlander, Schneeberg, 1835-38, 4 volumes, fol.; also by Giacehetto, 18394.5, 4 volumes, 4to); (2) that of Bailey, with English renderings (1828, 2 volumes, 4to). "In 1722, Facciolati, being appointed professor of logic in the University of Padua, delivered a series of introductory Latin discourses to the students of his class, which were received with considerable applause. His Latin epistles, as well as his Orations, or discomuinses, have been admired for the purity of their diction. The king of Portugal sent Facciolati a flattering invitation to Lisbon to take the direction of the public studies in his kingdom, but Facciolati declined the honor on account of his advanced age. He, however, wrote instructions for the reorganization of the scholastic establishments of that country, which had become necessary after the expulsion of the Jesuits." Facciolati died at Padua August 25, 1769. Besides numerous morks on philosophy, he published Vita at Acta Jesu Christi secundum utransque generationum, divinam ac humanam (Padua, 1761, 24mo): Viatica Theologica (Padua, 1763): Vita ea Acta Mariae Virginis (Pasdua, 1764). English Cyclopadia, s.v.; Biog. Universelle, 14:80.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Facciolati'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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