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Encyclopedia > Ludovico Antonio Muratori

Ludovico Antonio Muratori (1672 - 1750) was an Italian historian, notable as a leading scholar of his age, and for his discovery of the Muratorian fragment, the earliest known list of New Testament books.


Born at Vignola and ordained a priest, he spent much of his career as archivist and librarian at the ducal library in Modena, where he died. He edited the Rerum Italicarum scriptores (28 vol., 17231751) and Antiquitates Italicae medii aevii (6 vol., 17381742), both of which are important collections of sources, and wrote a history of Italy (1744 - 1749) in 12 volumes.


In 1950, Italy issued a postage stamp honoring him on the 200th anniversary of his death.


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Lodovico Antonio Muratori was born at Vignola in the duchy of Modena on Oct. 21, 1672.
Muratori brought to Italy the exacting standards of the Benedictines of St. Maur, a French monastic group who had applied to historical studies the philological techniques first developed by 15th- and 16th-century humanists.
Muratori's edition served Italian scholarship until the late 19th and 20th centuries, when most of the texts were given modern editions.
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