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Bosio, Antonio
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(c. 1575, on Malta – 1629, Rome). After studies in Rome and receiving the Dr. jur. utr. in 1594, Bosio was the advocate of the Knights of Malta. Together with Pompeo Ugonio, he discovered the catacombs of Domitilla in 1593. Inspired thereby, he studied the church fathers, passionarias, and martyrologies, and devoted his life to discovering the Roman catacombs. As the most mature product of the studies, the work Roma sotterranea appeared posthumously in 1632; it continues to be highly valued today.


E. Schäfer, RGG 3 I, 1957, 1370f.

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Smolinsky, Heribert, “Bosio, Antonio”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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