The last man who knew everything: Athanasius Kircher

The last man who knew everything: Athanasius Kircher

Course Description: Hailed in a 2004 book as 'the last man who knew everything', Athanasius Kircher occupied the uneasy space between scientist, theologian, occultist, speculative thinker, and crank as the Scientific Revolution got underway at the start of the seventeenth century. This course will read excerpts from his autobiography, from his highly influential ethnographical treatises on China and Egypt, and from his treatise on music


Level: Intermediate-Advanced Latin reading. No prior knowledge of ethnography or music theory will be assumed.

Textbook:Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Thursdays, 6:00p.m. EST


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John Weretka

John Weretka holds qualifications in medieval history, musicology, art history, theology, and Latin and is currently enrolled in an MLitt programme in Viking Studies. He is the convenor of the University of Melbourne (Australia) Medieval Latin Reading Group and has taught extensively for the Paideia Institute on texts including the Ecclesiastical History of Bede, the Vita of Matilda of Tuscany of Donizo, and the Carmen de Hastingae Proelio by Guy of Amiens. John has also taught at the Sydney University Latin Summer School.