chapter  6
St. Thomas: Faith and Social Solidarity
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Saint Thomas Aquinas, a thirteenth century Dominican friar, theologian, and philosopher, was born in Roccasecca in 1224 (or at the beginning of 1225). He was the seventh and the youngest son of Landulf, Count of Aquino, and Theodora, Countess of Teano. At the age of five Thomas was placed in the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino for elementary and religious schooling. He remained there until 1239, when he enrolled at the University of Naples (founded in 1224 by Emperor Frederick II) to study liberal arts. There, he was first exposed to the newly rediscovered physical and metaphysical works of Aristotle, and also came into contact with members of the Dominican order, the Order of Friars Preachers.