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Kircher, Athanasius
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Kircher, Athanasius, * 2 May 1602 (Geisa/Röhn), † 27 Jan 1680 (Rome)

Kircher was one of the great universal scholars of the 17th century. His life is well documented in early biographies. His comprehensive education began with his theologian father's homeschooling in music, Latin, geography and mathematics. From his tenth year, Kircher attended a series of Jesuit schools, firstly in Fulda, where he learnt Hebrew from a rabbi, then in Mainz. In 1618 he entered the Jesuit order as a novice in Paderborn, where…

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Kilcher, Andreas B., “Kircher, Athanasius”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_193>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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