Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Copernicus, Nicolaus
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A. Life and work

The name Nicolaus C. also appears in autographs as Copernik, Copernic, Coppernic, Coppernicus, Kopernik and Kopernikus (e.g. [3. no. 20, 165]; [4. no. 38, 136, 199, 203]). The future astronomer, physician, coin reformer and canon C. was born the son of a merchant on February 19, 1473 at Thorn (now Toruń), and died on May 24, 1543 at Frauenburg (Frombork) in the Diocese of Ermland (Warmia). C. wrote in Latin and German. There is no evidence that he knew Polish. Because he was a lifelong subject of the Polish crown, he is often called the 'Polish as…

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Kirschner, Stefan (Hamburg), “Copernicus, Nicolaus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 23 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004889>
First published online: 2015



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