By John Edward Fletcher; edited for publication by Elizabeth Fletcher
Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit in 17th-century Rome, was once an enigma. Intensely pious and a prolific writer, he was once additionally a polymath thinking about every thing from Egyptian hieroglyphs to the tiny creatures in his microscope. His correspondence with popes, princes and clergymen used to be a window into the stressed power of the interval. It confirmed first-hand the seventeenth-centurys fight for wisdom in astronomy, microscopy, geology, chemistry, musicology, Egyptology, horology The record is going on. Kirchers books replicate the way of thinking 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 long time to a brand new medical age. This ebook, notwithstanding unpublished, has been lengthy quoted and talked about. Awaited by way of students and experts of Kircher, it truly is eventually to be had with this version.
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53 [Schott is variously referred to as Kaspar and Gaspar, both by JF and in catalogue entries. ] 54 Schott, Physica curiosa, p. 540. 55 Reiffenberg, Historia Societatis JESV, pp. 377–380. 56 The foundation of the college was confirmed by Pope Paul V on 2 April 1615 and by the Emperor Matthias on 14 December 1615. The college was ceremoniously declared open on 13 September 1616. The novitiate was transferred in 1620 to Trier with the full permission of the Fürstenberg family. But the Jesuit novitiate had room for only 21 candidates: G.
79. 39 Besides, much contemporary mental energy by others has clearly confirmed still more clearly that Kircher’s opera can and should be examined within the richly veined history of Western esoteric thought. 42 Daniel Stolzenberg rightly discerned that Kircher espoused a special version of prisca theologia or sapientia—for him true wisdom being traceable back to antediluvian Hermes (the biblical Enoch of Gen. 5:19-22, cf. G. Jung, Psychology and Religion West and East (Collected Works, vol. 11) pp.
Where they had been omitted or with initials only the first names of scholars referred to in the text have been inserted, except for later writers (from the nineteenth century onwards). Because John’s original typist evidently did not know French or German, or at least not very well, there was much inconsistency in the spelling of these languages in the thesis. However, many quotations were in seventeenth and eighteenth century forms of these two languages, which were themselves not yet fully standardized.
A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, 'Germanus Incredibilis': With a Selection of his Unpublished Correspondence and an Annotated Translation of his Autobiography (Aries Book) by John Edward Fletcher; edited for publication by Elizabeth Fletcher