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The common Latin term in medieval and early modern Europe for wonders and prodigies of nature was mirabile, usually in its plural form, mirabilia (“wondrous things,” “marvels”; more rarely: miracula or admiranda). The term for the emotion of astonishment or wonder elicited by mirabilia was admiratio. Like the Latin verb mirari (“to wonder [at],” “to admire”) and the adjective mirus (“wondrous,” “astonishing”), these terms are derived from the Indo-European*smei-, …

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Krämer, Fabian, “Mirabilia”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024684>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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