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 fascinated by 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 record is going on. Kirchers books mirror the way of thinking of 17th-century students - unending interest and a considerable larding of naiveté: Kircher scorned alchemy because the wishful deliberating charlatans, but believed in dragons.His existence and correspondence supply a key to the transition from the center a while to a brand new medical age. This ebook, notwithstanding unpublished, has been lengthy quoted and noted. Awaited by means of students and experts of Kircher, it's eventually to be had with this variation.
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470. 38 Presumably Kircher wrote his biography during the 1670s. From the distance of 50 years he recalls of Fr Altink: ‘in pietatis et divini cultus studiis [fuit] peritissimus’. 39 The year 1613 was remarkable for a fearful wind which dumped the tower of the newly built Frauenburg church some two miles away. Curiously, the wind was followed by an outbreak of plague, during which over 400 people died in Fulda alone. 40 The boys and their priest tutors were boarded out at various homes in the town.
Dillman was suggesting in Kircher’s day chapter and verse numbers for Ethiopic I Enoch by inserting them into a Berlin Ms, but publication of his efforts had to wait two centuries. , 1650. It was out of Kircher’s ken. 44 Malcolm, ‘Private and Public Knowledge’, p. 304, cf. pp. 302–307. 45 To illustrate, see a recent short examination of Kircher’s symbolic interpretation of the Holy Land and the astrologic signs of the Twelve Tribes, by J. Mitchell and C. Rhone, Twelve Tribe Nations and the Science of Enchanting the Landscape, pp.
The manuscript is in the Archives of the Episcopal Vicariat in Fulda. In 1863 this manuscript was edited and published by J. Gegenbaur as a Programm . . des kurfürstlichen Gymnasiums zu Fulda—23/24 März. 40 Komp, Die zweite Schule Fuldas, p. 35. 12 chapter one collapse: ‘bei der Besichtigung bekanten die baumester, die gütliche vorsehung habe hier gewaltet’. This terrible accident remains unnoted by Kircher, although there can be little doubt that he took part in the fire-fighting. It is probable that about this time, if not earlier, Kircher made the decision to enter the Society of Jesus.
A Study of the Life and Works of Athanasius Kircher, Germanus Incredibilis by John Edward Fletcher, Elizabeth Fletcher