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Thomas Aquinas Life and Works Thomas Aquinas born in 1225 in Roccasecca Italy began his studies as early as age five His parents enrolled him in a monastery where he would receive education in grammar rhetoric and logic McInerny 2 His instruction was complemented with a rigorous studying of the Bible Several years later Aquinas transferred to Naples where he pursued his thirst for knowledge with the works of Aristotle McInerny 2 At the university Aquinas entered a program of scripture study and oration which genera y required 10-15 years before one was granted mastery in the field After completing a thesis on the Sentences written by Lombard in the 12th Century he was granted the seal of approval from the university and allowed to give his inaugural lecture which is a feat of great accomplishment McInerny 3 Thomas Aquinas no longer spent his days as a student at the university however he did not stop studying Catholic history When Aquinas had finished his stint in Naples he went to Rome During the next six or seven years he studied the works of Aristotle He wrote many commentaries including On the Soul McInerny 3 At this point Thomas Aquinas begins his works on the Catholic doctrine which gave him much fame and accreditation McInerny Although Aquinas was also well known for his philosophical works and studies his works on Catholic dogma are ever present in all his works McInerny 2 At the time of his death in 1274 he was under a cloud in Paris and in 1227 propositions were condemned by a commission appointed by the Bishop of Paris among them tenets of Thomas Aquinas This was soon lifted he was canonized and eventually was given the title of Common Doctor of the Church But the subtle and delicate assimilation of Aristotle that characterized his work in both philosophy and theology did not survive his death outside the Dominican Order and has experienced
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