RAMPOLLA DEL TINDARO, Mariano. 1893 — 1945. Monsignor. Italian Indologist. Born in a Sicilian noble family. Student of O. Nazari at Palermo. With his early interest in India he planned a missionary career. Instead, from 1933 he taught Sanskrit at the “Pontificium Institutum Missionale Athenaei Urbani de Propaganda Fide” in Rome as professor of “Historia religionum in India et lingua Sanscrita”. Wrote a Sanskrit grammar in Latin. He was a nephew of Cardinal Mariano R. del T. (1843–1913) and an early friend of Cardinal Montini, the future Pope Paul VI, who had been his classmate in academy for diplomatic studies in Rome.

Publications: Lingua sanscrita. Grammatica – exercitia – anthologia – vocabulorum indices. 259 p. Romae 1936.

Sources: Preface to his Sanskrit Grammar; briefly in connection of the Pope in L’Osservatore Romano 26.8.2016 (English version); briefly in Italian Wikipedia on his uncle.

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