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Egyptian Oedipus Athanasius Kircher and the Secrets of Antiquity

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ISBN-10: 0226924149

ISBN-13: 9780226924144

Edition: 2013

Authors: Daniel Stolzenberg

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In 1655, after more than two decades of toil, Athansius Kircher, S. J. (1601/2–80) published his solution to the Egyptian hieroglyphs,Oedipus Aegyptiacus, a work that has been called “one of the most learned monstrosities of all times.” Here Daniel Stolzenberg presents a new interpretation of Kircher’s hieroglyphic studies, placing them in the context of seventeenth-century scholarship on paganism and Oriental languages. Situating Kircher in the social world of baroque Rome, with its scholars, artists, patrons, and censors, Stolzenberg shows how Kircher’s study of ancient paganism depended on the circulation of texts, artifacts, and people between Christian and Islamic civilizations. Along…    
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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

A Note on Quotations and Translations
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Oedipus in Exile
Esoteric Antiquarianism
How to Get Ahead in the Republic of Letters
Oedipus in Rome
Ancient Theology and the Antiquarian
The Discovery of Oriental Antiquity
Erudition and Censorship
Symbolic Wisdom in an Age of Criticism
Oedipus at Large
Epilogue: The Twilight of Tradition and the Clear Light of History
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index