GIORGI, Antonio Agostino (baptized Francesco Maria). Santo Marco near Rimini 10.5.1711 — Rome 4.5.1797. Italian Monk, Theologian, and Orientalist, a Coptic Scholar and Pioneer of Tibetan Studies. Son of Antonio G. and Antonia Sempre. Augustinian monk since 1727, he was 18 years procurator general of his order. He is said to have dispelled hoary scholasticism from their colleges. He was active in theological disputes and taught often theology. A favourite of Benedict XIV. As an Oriental scholar he mainly knew Near Eastern languages and became known as a scholar of Coptic. From missionary material, especially by —> Orazio Della Penna and Cassiano da Macerata, he prepared the Alphabetum Tibetanum, an elaborate survey of Tibetan alphabet and orthography, geography, etc.
Publications: Alphabetum Tibetanum Missionum Apostolicum commodo editum. 94+820 p. R. 1762
– editions of Coptic texts, an attempt at dechipherment of Palmyrene inscriptions, etc.
Sources: *G. Facioli Vercellone, D.B.I. 55, 300-304; N.B.G. 20; Italian Wikipedia.