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|Died||5 May 1770|
Bartolomeo Baro Bošković was the son of Paula Betera and Nikola Bošković, a merchant born in Herzegovina, and the brother of the famous scientist Ruđer Bošković. He was named after his maternal grandfather, Baro Betteri, whose family is originally from Bergamo, Italy. Baro Bošković wrote mainly in Latin and signed himself as Bartholomaeus Boscovich.
In his early youth (1714), Baro joined the Jesuit order, as did Roger Joseph Boscovich, and spent his entire life in Italy.
Bartholomaus Bošković studied at Perugia, later mathematical sciences at the Collegio Romano; he held the position of a penitentiary priest or poenitentiarius. He possessed great knowledge of the ancient and modern history of all peoples and an aesthetically educated taste. In the Latin poems of the Arcadia (region)|Roman Arcadians, there are also two egloghe pastorali by him, and the elegies by the poet Rosi, which appeared in Padua near Comino, also contain elegies by Bošković, of which Angelo Fabroni writes: "Thoughts resemble the elegies of Propertius. His modesty was so great that fearing that his poetic works might one day be printed, he burned them all, including some very graceful egloghe pescatorie.
His sister Anica Bošković also had a fine poetic talent; in 1758 she published a larger idyllic poem praised by connoisseurs in the Serbian-Illyrian language under the title: "Razgovor pastirski vrhu porodjenia Isukrstova" (A pastoral talk about the birth of Christ). Several sacred and religious canzonas remained unprinted. His other brother Peter, born in Ragusa in 1705 but died young in 1727, had excellent knowledge of languages and mathematical sciences.Baro did an excellent job as a Slavic poet and translated "Ovid" and the "Cid" by Pierre Corneille|Corneille, which did not appear in print until much later. Only his "Canzoni per le sacre Missioni illiriche" was published in Venice in 1729.
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