In keeping with this morning’s apparent theme of arcane and forbidden knowledge, here is a reading on Athanasius Kircher along with its accompanying vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet. Do you know about Kircher? He is in many respects the representative Renaissance man; he wanted to know everything. This reading, in the “Additional Facts” section does observe that Kircher at one point was in possession of the Voynich Manuscript, one of European intellectual history’s great enigmas and the kind of thing that would have fascinated me in middle or high school.
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