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Bonaventura Vulcanius was a key figure of the University of Leiden between 1581 and 1614, a virtuoso of the Greek language, a dedicated scholar and Erasmian humanist, and an unpublished poet. The most tumultuous period in the history of the Low Countries was to endanger and transform Vulcanius posterity and legacy. Bonaventura Vulcanius was the worthy son of a Flemish humanist, an actor in the Dutch Revolt and an atypical scholar, who bequeathed several unpublished books and a priceless collection of manuscripts to the University of Leiden. As an indefatigable lexicographer and editor, a historian of his time, a researcher of the Batavian roots of the Low Countries, and a translator and collector of rare and difficult texts, Bonaventura Vulcanius seems to have made philology a model for expanding and transmitting knowledge.

Keywords: Bonaventura Vulcanius; Dutch; Flemish humanist; Greek; Leiden



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