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Two Bruges Humanists: Vulcanius And Castelius. Good Friends Or Mere Acquaintances?

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The Leiden professor Bonaventura Vulcanius is well known in the world of sixteenth century scholarship. This is not the case with the humanist Joannes Castelius, who, like Vulcanius, originated from Bruges. Castelius first biographer was Antonius Sanderus, a priest and licentiate in theology, who wrote De Brvgensibvs ervditionis fama claris libri duo (Two books about people from Bruges renowned for their learning) which was published in 1624. The Bruges Church historian A.C. de Schrevel published some new particulars about Castelius in his monumental Histoire du Seminaire de Bruges. The main contribution on Castelius as a classical scholar comes from the Scottish classicist James Hutton (19021980) who was a Professor at Cornell University. The inscription Castelius wrote in Vulcanius Album Amicorum at Bruges on 13 March 1579, is placed under the inscription without a date by Hadrianus Lopius.

Keywords: Bonaventura Vulcanius; Bruges; James Hutton; Joannes Castelius; Leiden



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