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Download PDF by John Edward Fletcher; edited for publication by Elizabeth: A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher,

By John Edward Fletcher; edited for publication by Elizabeth Fletcher

ISBN-10: 9004207120

ISBN-13: 9789004207127

Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit in 17th-century Rome, used to be an enigma. Intensely pious and a prolific writer, he used to be additionally a polymath eager about every little thing from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the tiny creatures in his microscope. His correspondence with popes, princes and monks used to be a window into the stressed strength of the interval. It confirmed first-hand the seventeenth-centurys fight for wisdom in astronomy, microscopy, geology, chemistry, musicology, Egyptology, horology The checklist is going on. Kirchers books mirror the state of mind of 17th-century students - unending interest and a considerable larding of naivet?©: Kircher scorned alchemy because the wishful taking into account charlatans, but believed in dragons.His existence and correspondence offer a key to the transition from the center a while to a brand new medical age. This ebook, although unpublished, has been lengthy quoted and pointed out. Awaited by means of students and experts of Kircher, it really is eventually on hand with this variation.

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P. Walker, The Ancient Theology. Kircher’s ideas have been reinvoked in connection with arguments about the African and southeast Mediterranean origins of Greek culture, see M. Bernal, Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization, vol. , pp. 163–171. Note that the contents of the pseudepigraphical books of Enoch were barely known to Kircher’s time. F. Frigo, ‘Il ruolo della sapienza egizia nella rappresentazione del sapere di Athanasius Kircher’. ), Athanasius Kircher, p. 99. But Kircher apparently had not accessed the relevant Vatican Ms 71 or Peiresc’s precious copy of Ethiopic Enoch.

11. These two researchers were definitely needed, for Kircher’s correspondence opens up important windows on to the riches of Eastern European scholarship in the seventeenth century. xxx introduction To others must go the credit of exploring Kircher’s thought in terms of the complex currents we have come to name ‘esoteric’. Fletcher does not spot any temper or pursuit of wisdom that might go by that name, and characteristically skirts around the relevant issues. 34 Joscelyn Godwin, one of the makers of that field, led the way, and it is fitting that he celebrates the awesome learning in this book with his Foreword.

46 Bartsch, Volkslieder, No. 4, verse 12. 47 E. Schroeder, Das historische Volkslied Liede des 30. jhr. Krieges. ’48 It is therefore uncertain how great a part of Kircher’s decision derived from rosy visions of cloistered studies or the facile conversion of gratified oriental potentates. What is certain is that he was soon to learn exactly what being a Jesuit entailed. Probably late in 1616, Kircher heard that his application to enter the Society had been successful. However, as he himself wryly notes, fresh personal troubles were soon to appear above his academically wide but otherwise narrow horizon.

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