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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Celebrating the Dutch Gnosis scholar Gilles Quispel

May 30th, 2013

Today is the birthday of the Dutch Gnosis scholar Gilles Quispel, who was born on 30 May 1916. He was instrumental in advancing the study of Gnosis, both in the Netherlands and, through his vast international academic network, also abroad. An uneventful and predictable academic career would not have suited Gilles Quispel’s adventurous temperament. In […]

Dan Brown’s Inferno, A Journey to Dante’s Hell

May 15th, 2013

Yesterday Dan Brown’s latest novel was launched worldwide: Inferno, a title alluding to Dante’s La Divina Commedia. The Ritman Library was there when the Dutch translation was presented to an expectant public, early in the morning at seven a.m. in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Waiting room at Amsterdam’s Central Station. Until that time, an absolute […]

Newsletter – 9 May 2013

May 9th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 7/2013 – 9 MAY 2013     VIDEO INFINITE FIRE WEBINAR V Hermetic Tradition of the Renaissance by Wouter J. Hanegraaff In this 5th Webinar Wouter Hanegraaff continues the narrative by discussing the “Hermetic” variant, according to which the true wisdom goes back to Hermes Trismegistus in Egypt. Read more… BLOG […]

Infinite Fire Webinar V – The Real Hermetic Tradition

May 8th, 2013

  In Infinite Fire Webinar IV, prof. dr. Wouter Hanegraaff explained that Gemistos Plethon and Marsilio Ficino are strong examples of a “Zoroastrian” interpretation of Platonic Orientalism, while Giovanni Pico della Mirandola is representative of a “Mosaic” interpretation. In this 5th Webinar he continues the narrative by discussing the “Hermetic” variant, according to which the […]

Early Modern Medical “Discoveries”: New Remedies and Chemical Analysis

May 8th, 2013

From the late 16th century through the 18th century, one of the chief reasons for Europeans to sail overseas on voyages of discovery–from Columbus and Da Gama to Flinders and Behring—was the hope of finding sources of wealth. Getting to the source of the spice trade was one of the most important motivations, because the […]