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Scioppius

Kaspar (Kaspar Schoppe). A classical scholar and famous controversialist, who was born at Neumark, May 27, 1576. He studied at Heidelberg, Altorf, and Ingolstadt, and after visiting Rome in 1598 and being converted to Roman Catholicism, became widely known as the able and unsparing critic of the great Protestant scholars, publishing many pamphlets and controversial tracts. He was a man of great learning and possessed a style of unusual power and precision, and all of these qualities are exhibited in the wellknown diatribe which he launched against Joseph Scaliger and which hastened the death of that great scholar. (See Scaliger.) Scioppius died at Padua, November 19, 1649. His principal works are a grammar (Grammatica Philosophica), published in 1628; Verisimilium Libri Quatuor (1596); Suspectae Lectiones (1597); De Arte Critica (1597); Paradoxa Litteraria (1628); and a treatise De Scholarum et Studiorum Ratione (1636). See Nisard, Les Gladiateurs de la République des Lettres (Paris, 1860).

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