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Latinized form of Sozini (Sozzini), name of 2 It. anti-Trinitarians connected with the beginnings of Socinianism.*

1. Lelio Francesco Maria Sozini (Laelius Socinus; 1525–62). Uncle of F. P. Sozzini (see 2); b. Siena; educ. as a jurist at Bologna; studied theol.; came to doubt the Trin. and other doctrines repugnant to reason; traveled widely in Reformation lands and became acquainted with P. Melanchthon and J. Calvin. Expressed his views in writings bequeathed to F. P. Sozzini. D. Zurich, Switz.

2. Fausto Paolo Sozzini (Faustus Socinus; 1539–1604). Nephew of L. F. M. Sozini (see 1); b. Siena; no regular educ.; studied theol.; lived at Lyons, Fr., 1559–62, at Zurich 1562; became firmly est. in anti-Trinitarianism; held court positions at Florence, It., 1562–74; lived at Basel, Switz., 1574–78; to Transylvania 1578 on invitation of G. Blandrata*; theol. turmoil and outbreak of the pest caused him to leave; to Poland 1579, where he freed scattered anti-Trinitarians from Anabap. and chiliastic accretions and unified and organized them; lived mainly in Kraków, under abuse and opposition, till driven out of the city 1598. See also Sociniamism, 1.

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