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R. Po-chia Hsia

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592258

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592258.001.0001

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Macerata and Rome

Macerata and Rome

(p.1) 1 Macerata and Rome
A Jesuit in the Forbidden City

R. Po‐chia Hsia

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Ricci's youth in Macerata, his education at the Jesuit College, and his move to Rome. After a short period as a law student, Ricci entered the Society of Jesus and studied at the Collegio Romano. The architecture, ambience, and culture of Counter‐Reformation Rome as well as the history of the Jesuit order and life within the Collegio Romano are described to provide an understanding of the forces that shaped the intellectual and emotional formation of Ricci. Especially important in this regard is Ricci's devotion to humanistic, cartographic and scientific studies at the Collegio Romano, the latter under the famous Jesuit astronomer Christopher Clavius. This chapter ends with a description of the cohort of Jesuits selected for overseas missions and sent to Portugal.

Keywords:   Jesuits, papacy, Rome, cartography, astronomy, Christopher Clavius, Pope Gregory XIV, Collegio Romano

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