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The Danzig Academic Gymnasium in Seventeenth-Century Poland

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Under the leadership of the Reformed theologian Jakub Fabricius from 1580-1629, the Danzig Gymnasium reached a high academic status, and produced several excellent theologians, philosophers, and scientists of early modern Europe. This chapter draws a historical sketch of Bartholomäus Keckermann's immediate context and thus supply English historiography with some necessary but missing historical and biographical information, in the hope of contributing to a better understanding not only of Keckermann's surroundings but also of the complexity of Reformed Christianity in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Theology always had played an important role in the history of the school; however, Fabricius gave theology even higher prominence in the curriculum and even in administration. Despite disputes with the gnesio-Lutherans and disagreements with Keckermann, the gymnasium flourished under Fabricius and experienced its greatest development, reaching a nearly academic status and establishing a reputation that benefited the school for centuries.

Keywords: Bartholomäus Keckermann; Danzig academic gymnasium; Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; reformed Christianity



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