Denis Pétau

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Denis Pétau
Dogmata theologica , 1757

Denis Pétau also: Dionysius Petavius (born August 21, 1583 in Orléans , † December 11, 1652 in Paris ) was a Jesuit as well as a famous chronologist and historian .

After completing his university studies, he received a teaching position at the philosophical faculty in Bourges , but gave it up after two years and entered the Jesuit order in Paris in 1605 . He taught at various colleges of the Jesuits and in 1621 became professor of theology in Paris.

The Annales Petaviani , the lunar crater Petavius and the Petavius ​​grooves are named after Denis Pétau .


  • De doctrina temporum . 2 vols. Paris 1627
  • Uranologion . Paris 1630
  • Tabulae chronologicae regum, dynastiarum, urbium, rerum Virorumque illustrium . Paris 1628

An excerpt: Rationarium temporum (first Paris 1633) served for a long time as a textbook for history lessons in schools, especially for the Jesuits.


  • Michael Hofmann: Theology, dogma and dogma development in the theological work of Denis Petau. With a biographical and a bibliographical appendix. Lang, Bern a. a. 1976, ISBN 3-261-01715-5 .
  • Franz Stanonik : Dionysius Petavius. A contribution to the scholarly history of the XVII. Century. Graz 1876.
  • P. di Rosa: Denis Petau e la cronologia. In: Archivum historicum Societatis Iesu 29. 1960, pp. 3–54.
  • Andreas Kamp: From Paleolithic to Postmodern - The genesis of our epoch system. Vol. I: From the beginning to the end of the 17th century. Amsterdam / Philadelphia 2010, p. 175 ff. And 218 ff.

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