A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, by John Edward Fletcher, Elizabeth Fletcher

By John Edward Fletcher, Elizabeth Fletcher

Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit in 17th-century Rome, used to be an enigma. Intensely pious and a prolific writer, he was once additionally a polymath desirous 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 power 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 replicate the frame of mind of 17th-century students - unending interest and a considerable larding of naiveté: Kircher scorned alchemy because the wishful taking into account charlatans, but believed in dragons.His existence and correspondence supply a key to the transition from the center a long time to a brand new medical age. This booklet, notwithstanding unpublished, has been lengthy quoted and noted. Awaited by way of students and experts of Kircher, it's eventually on hand with this version.

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Great Art, pp. 313–314; cf. Trompf, ‘Macrohistory’. , Dictionary, vol. 1, pp. 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’.

473. This text is preserved in the Fulda Landesbibliothek, Cod. 15; see J. Müller, Das Jesuitendrama, vol. 2, p. 62. 50 14 chapter one That night Kircher walked with painful steps to the chapel and there prostrated himself before the statue of the Virgin. 51 Throughout his life, Kircher maintained that the Virgin had interceded for him that night and that a miracle had occurred. 54 The college in Paderborn where Kircher spent two years was of recent origin. Although the Jesuits had been active in the city since 1580 and had opened a grammar school there in 1585,55 the college was not called into being until 10 September 1614, when the Prince Bishop, Theodor von Fürstenberg (1546–1618), formally presented the deeds of the College to Fr Schering, Moderator of the Province.

This text is preserved in the Fulda Landesbibliothek, Cod. 15; see J. Müller, Das Jesuitendrama, vol. 2, p. 62. 50 14 chapter one That night Kircher walked with painful steps to the chapel and there prostrated himself before the statue of the Virgin. 51 Throughout his life, Kircher maintained that the Virgin had interceded for him that night and that a miracle had occurred. 54 The college in Paderborn where Kircher spent two years was of recent origin. Although the Jesuits had been active in the city since 1580 and had opened a grammar school there in 1585,55 the college was not called into being until 10 September 1614, when the Prince Bishop, Theodor von Fürstenberg (1546–1618), formally presented the deeds of the College to Fr Schering, Moderator of the Province.

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