Chacón, Alfonso
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Alphonsus Ciacconus, also Alonso Ciaconius; Spanish Dominican friar, antiquarian and church historian. Born 1530 or 1540 in Baeza (Andalusia), died Rome 1599. Studied at Baeza from 1544, then at Jaén and Seville. Doctorate in theology 1566. Called to Rome by Pope Pius V from 1567, worked there as Penitentiary of St. Peter. Details of his biography are unclear [6]; [3].

Work and influence

C.’s antiquarian work ranged from ecclesiastical history, especially lives of the Popes and Cardinals, to classical studie…

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Hermanns, Marcus Heinrich, “Chacón, Alfonso”, 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 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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