Sunday, September 18, 2011

ATHANASIUS KIRCHER'S THEATRE OF THE WORLD: The Last Man to Search For Universal Knowledge (the last true Renaissance man) - By Joscelyn Godwin

ATHANASIUS KIRCHER'S THEATRE OF THE WORLD: The Last Man to Search For Universal Knowledge

By Joscelyn Godwin

"All Things Wonderous, Curious and Esoteric..."

'Athanasius Kircher's Theatre of the World' is a major study of both the written and pictorial work of a neglected genius whose vast realm of interest made him a true Renaissance man. This book fully examines every area of Athanasius Kircher’s wide range of study and his varied accomplishments. Magnificently illustrated with the stunning engravings from Kircher’s work.

Jesuit, artist, linguist, archaeologist, geologist, and exceptional scholar, Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was the last true Renaissance man. To Kircher the entire world was a glorious manifestation of God whose exploration was both a scientific quest and a religious experience. His works on Egyptology, music, optics, magnetism, geology, and comparative religion were the definitive texts of their time--and yet they represent only a part of his vast range of knowledge. A Christian Hermeticist in the mold of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola, his work also examined Alchemy, the Kabbalah, and the Egyptian mystery tradition exemplified by Hermes Trismegistus.

The Hermetic cast of Kircher’s thought, which was foreign to the minds of the Age of Reason, coupled with the extent of his interests, caused many of his contributions to be widely overlooked -- an oversight now masterfully rectified by Joscelyn Godwin. The stunning engravings that are a distinguishing feature of his work are included here so we may fully appreciate and see for ourselves the life work, philosophy, and achievements of “the last man who knew everything.”

About the Author of: 'Athanasius Kircher’s Theatre of the World'

Joscelyn Godwin is a professor of music at Colgate University and the author of many books on Hermeticism and music, including Cosmic Music, The Golden Thread, The Harmony of the Spheres, and Arktos/ The Polar Myth. He has also translated the works of Julius Evola, Fabre d’Olivet and Francesco Colonna.


1 Kircher's Life and Work: an Overview
2 Frontispieces
3 The Illustration of Kircher's Works
4 Antiquity Misread
5 Antiquity Preserved
6 Antiquity Imagined
7 Naturalia: Fire and Water
8 Naturalia: Air and Earth
9 Music
10 Machines of Past and Present
11 Machines: Magnetic and Optical
12 Maps and Plans
13 Exotica
14 Images of the Gods
15 Didactic Images

Athanasius Kircher's Writings
Bibliography of Works Cited
Sources of Illustrations

Inner Traditions Publication 2009 Edition - Huge 304 Page Harcover Book (10" X 11") - 431 b&w Illustrations - PRICE: $50.00

The Museum of Jurrasic Technology in L.A. is presently hosting an exhibition called 'The World Is Bound With Secret Knots: The Life And Works of Athanasius Kircher.'

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