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Bonaventura Vulcanius, Janus Dousa And The ‘Pleias Dousica’

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The rapid development of Leiden University in the last quarter of the sixteenth century is based mainly on the successful teaching and research in the Faculty of Arts; such achievements are summarized by the names of Lipsius and Scaliger, successively. The chairman of the university board, who had been the intellectual architect of the new foundation, the poet and philologist Janus Dousa, made the desperate situation of the university perfectly clear by writing a poem with the ominous title Academiae Lugdunensis ex discessu Lipsii interitus, that is, the ruin of Leiden University due to Lipsius departure. Venus special favour explained Vulcanius poetical gifts and his knowledge of so many languages, as well as the appropriateness of his name, Bonaventura Vulcanius, or to speak with Dousas classical Latin, Fortunatus Faber.

Keywords: Bonaventura Vulcanius; Janus Dousa; Leiden University; Lipsius; Scaliger

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