Bolland, Jean
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Bollandus, Johannes; Flemish hagiographer. Born 13. 8. 1596 in Julémont, died 13. 9. 1665 in Antwerp. Entered the Societas Jesu in 1612 at Mechelen; six years’ teaching humanities at various Jesuit schools. Commissioned by the Society to publish the Greek and Latin saints’ lives in 1630.

Work and influence

B.’s life’s work was devoted to the veneration of the saints, which had become controversial in the course of the Reformation. There was a need to demonstrate that the cult of the saints was …

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Döpp, Siegmar, “Bolland, Jean”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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