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In A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey Gábor Kármán reconstructs the lifestyles tale of a lesser-known Hungarian orientalist, Jakab Harsányi Nagy. The dialogue of his actions as a college instructor in Transylvania, as a diplomat and interpreter on the elegant Porte, as a secretary of a Moldavian voivode in exile, in addition to a courtroom councillor of Friedrich Wilhelm, the nice Elector of Brandenburg not just sheds gentle upon the terribly flexible occupation of this person, but in addition at the number of circles within which he lived. Gábor Kármán additionally offers the 1st historic research of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish reports, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).

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A Seventeenth-century Odyssey in East Central Europe: The Life of Jakab Harsányi Nagy

In A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey Gábor Kármán reconstructs the lifestyles tale of a lesser-known Hungarian orientalist, Jakab Harsányi Nagy. The dialogue of his actions as a college instructor in Transylvania, as a diplomat and interpreter on the chic Porte, as a secretary of a Moldavian voivode in exile, in addition to a court docket councillor of Friedrich Wilhelm, the good Elector of Brandenburg not just sheds gentle upon the terribly flexible occupation of this person, but in addition at the number of circles during which he lived.

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In this case, however, it would not have been necessary to pay the expenses of the immatriculatio at the Frisian university. The only feasible explanation, therefore, seems to be that he wanted to study in Franeker, but changed his mind shortly after his enrollment for a reason unknown to us. It is very unlikely that his sudden change of mind was caused by a concern regarding the quality of training at Franeker. The faculty of theology at the Frisian academy enjoyed an outstanding reputation, even if the best known teacher of the university, the Englishman William Ames who went into exile because of his Puritan ideas, had left the town and died shortly afterwards.

Század, ed. Márton Tarnóc (Budapest, 1979), 609–655. –1655) (Sárospatak, 2001), 52–64. Bod, Magyar Athénás, 351. , I. Apafi Mihály és II. Apafi Mihály erdélyi fejedelmek naplója [The diaries of Mihály Apafi I and Mihály Apafi II, princes of Transylvania] (Kolozsvár, 1900), 2–3. ”34 If it was not at the college of Nagyvárad, where could Harsányi have been a teacher of the young Transylvanian artistocrat who eventually and rather unexpectedly became prince of Transylvania? 35 So, theoretically, Harsányi might have taught Apafi in an elementary school after completing his studies at the Nagyvárad college but before setting out on his peregrination.

Compared to these Harsányi’s stay in Franeker was short, but by no means a record. 60 Hypothetically we could suppose that Harsányi went through Franeker only because of his fellow travellers, and then left for his original goal, Leiden. In this case, however, it would not have been necessary to pay the expenses of the immatriculatio at the Frisian university. The only feasible explanation, therefore, seems to be that he wanted to study in Franeker, but changed his mind shortly after his enrollment for a reason unknown to us.

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