Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy

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Augustine of Ancona

  • Arthur Stephen McGrade
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1151-5_61-2


Augustine of Ancona (Augustinus [Triumphus] de Ancona) (1270/1273–1328), an Augustinian friar, wrote at least 32 theological and philosophical works but is chiefly known for his Summa de ecclesiastica potestate, a systematic argument for the supreme power of the pope in both temporal and spiritual affairs.

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Primary Sources

  1. Augustine of Ancona (2001) Summa on ecclesiastical power (selections) (ed. and trans.: McGrade, A.). In: A. McGrade, J. Kilcullen, & M. Kempshall (Eds.), The Cambridge translations of medieval philosophical texts 2: Ethics and political philosophy (pp. 418–483). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Augustinus de Ancona. (1473). Summa de ecclesiastica potestate. (Augsburg 1473; Cologne 1475; Rome 1479; place unstated 1484; Venice 1487).Google Scholar
  3. Augustinus de Ancona. (1902). Tractatus contra articulos inventos ad diffamandum papam Bonifaciam VIII. In H. Finke (Ed.), Aus den Tagen Bonifaz’ VIII, Vorreformationsgeschichtliche Forschungen II (pp. 69–99). Münster: Aschendorffer.Google Scholar
  4. Augustinus de Ancona. (1903a). Tractatus brevis de duplici potestate praelatorum et laicorum. In R. Scholz (Ed.), Die Publizistik zur Zeit Philipps des Schönen und Bonifaz VIII (pp. 486–501). Stuttgart: F. Enke.Google Scholar
  5. Augustinus de Ancona. (1903b). Tractatus de potestate collegii mortuo papa. In R. Scholz (Ed.), Die Publizistik zur Zeit Philipps des Schönen und Bonifaz VIII (pp. 501–508). Stuttgart: F. Enke.Google Scholar
  6. Augustinus Triumphus de Ancona. (1582). Summa de ecclesiastica potestate. Rome: G. Ferrarius (Repr. 1583, 1584, 1585).Google Scholar

Secondary Sources


    1. Tierney, B. (1988). Origins of papal infallibility (pp. 1150–1350). Leiden: Brill. (1st publ. 1972).Google Scholar
    2. Wilks, M. (1964). The problem of sovereignty in the later Middle Ages: The papal monarchy with Augustinus Triumphus and the publicists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar


    1. McGrade, A. (1994–1997). William of Ockham and Augustinus de Ancona on the righteousness of dissent. In R. Andrews (Ed.), Franciscan theology and philosophy: Essays in honor of father Gedeon Gál, O.F.M on his eightieth birthday, Franciscan Stud (Vol. 54, pp. 143–165). St. Bonaventure: The Franciscan Institute.Google Scholar
    2. Walsh, K. (1991). Augustinus de Ancona as a conciliar authority: The circulation of his Summa in the shadow of the council of Basle. In D. Wood (Ed.), The church and sovereignty c. 590–1918: Essays in honour of Michael Wilks (pp. 345–368). Blackwell: Oxford.Google Scholar

    Journal Articles

    1. Horst, U. (1991). Die Lehrautorität des Papstes nach Augustinus von Ancona. Analecta Augustiniana, 54, 271–303.Google Scholar
    2. McCready, W. (1977). The papal sovereign in the ecclesiology of Augustinus Triumphus. Medieval Studies, 39, 177–204.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
    3. Ministeri, B. (1951/1952). De Augustini de Ancona O.E.S.A. († 1328) vita et operibus. Analecta Augustiniana, 22(7–56), 148–262.Google Scholar
    4. Shogimen, T. (2001). From disobedience to toleration: William of Ockham and the medieval discourse on fraternal correction. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 52, 599–622.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
    5. Walsh, K. (2000). Die Souveränitätsfrage im Spätmittelalter: Augustinus Triumphus von Ancona und Michael Wilks. Innsbrucker Historische Studien, 22, 231–278.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor Emeritus of PhilosophyThe University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA