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Julius Firmicus Maternus Save Julius Firmicus Maternus was a Latin writer and notable astrologerwho received a pagan classical education that made him conversant with Greek ; he lived in the reign of Constantine I to AD and his successors. His triple career made him a public advocate, an astrologer and finally a Christian apologist.
He was also author of the most extensive surviving text of Roman astrologyMatheseos libri Bruno mathesis "Eight books of astrology" written c. The Matheseos was dedicated to the governor of Campania, Lollianus Mavortiuswhose knowledge of the subject inspired Firmicus, and whose encouragement supported him during the composition of this handbook.
It is among the last extensive handbooks of a "scientific" astrology that circulated in the West before the appearance of Arabic texts in the 12th century.
About the year  he composed De errore profanarum religionum, which he dedicated to Constantius II and Constansthe sons of Constantine, and which is still extant. He holds up to scorn the religious beliefs and practices of pagans and implores the Emperor to stamp out the old religions as a sacred duty which will be rewarded by God.
The Christian work is preserved in a single manuscript from the Bibliotheca Palatinanow in the Vatican library.
It was first printed at Strasbourg inand has been reprinted several times, both separately and combined with the polemical writings of Minucius FelixCyprian or Arnobius. Skutsch, Stuttgart, Teubner, Translations De errore profanarum religionum, translated by Clarence A.
Notes Johannes Quasten, Walter J.
Burghardt, and Thomas Comerford Lawlor, eds. The Error of the Pagan Religions, Issue 37 Internal evidence summarized by Quasten et al.
Firmicus states explicitly that he was of Syracusan birth oriundo in Matheseos 1. The text by Paulus Alexandrinus of is an introduction to the subject. Harvard University Press,p. Johannes Quasten, Walter J. Such as the editors of the Catholic Encyclopedia: Tollet, Paris, Presses de la Sorbonne,Aug 01, · Yates’s aim was to show that Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake not because of his affirmation of Copernicanism, but because of his attempts to initiate a ‘new religion of Love, Art, Magic and Mathesis’ (Yates ; Yates ).
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L'Arche Boston North (LBN) is a successful vibrant community living the key elements of L'Arche for over 33 years. Giordano Bruno: Neoplatonism and the wheel of memory in the De umbris idearum. Link/Page Citation From Bruno's language it is impossible to infer his rejection or acceptance of any philosophical system, whether it be Platonism, Aristotelianism or Hermeticism, Thomism or Lullism, since none seems to satisfy the universalizing exigency of his.
PYTHAGORAS AND THE MATHESIS OF CHAOS. Followers of Copernicus, like Galileo, were subjected to the inquisition, and Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake in Rome by Papal order of Clement VIII in , with his tongue in a gag.
Newton was fortunate to be working in the more open minded climate of Cambridge. Giordano Bruno, the most famous of the Italian philosophers of the Renaissance, was born at Nola, near Naples. At an early age he entered the Dominican order and became an inmate of the Dominican convent in Naples.
In he was accused of heresy and fled, abandoning the Dominican habit. Thereafter. René Descartes was born in La Haye en Touraine (now Descartes, Indre-et-Loire), France, on 31 March His mother, Jeanne Brochard, died soon after giving birth to him, and so he was not expected to survive.
Descartes' father, Joachim, was a member of the Parlement of Brittany at Rennes. René lived with his grandmother and with his great-uncle.