The School of Salamanca: New Digital Edition of Diego de Avendaño’s Thesauris Indicus, vol. 1 now online

October 16, 2019

Diego de Avendaño (1594-1688) was born in Segovia. While studying at Seville, he met Juan de Solórzano Pereira and, not yet twenty years old, accompanied Pereira to the New World. Avendaño continued his studies in Lima at the Colegio San Martín of the Jesuits, joined the order himself and over the course of the following decades taught and led the Jesuit colleges and universities in Cuzco, Charcas and Lima. After, as he himself said, ‘almost fifty years in Peru’, he published his main work, the six-volume Thesaurus Indicus, in which he discussed a wealth of questions of secular administration and spiritual practice. All six volumes will appear successively in the Digital Collection of Sources of the project The School of Salamanca. A start has now been made with the first volume devoted to the questions of the secular regiment of Peru in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

The School of Salamanca. A Digital Collection of Sources and a Dictionary of its Juridical-Political Language is a joint project of the MPIeR, the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz.

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