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Hamvas, Béla

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Author(s): Szőnyi, György E.
Hamvas, Béla, * 23 Mar 1897 (Eperjes (today Presov in Slovakia)), † 7 Jan 1968 (Budapest) Hungarian philosopher, and one of the most comprehensive gnostic thinkers of the 20th century. Hamvas was born in a family of Lutheran pastors serving in Upper Hungary, today's Slovakia. After World War I the family moved to Budapest, where Hamvas studied classical languages, read German and Hungarian at the university, and received his MA in 1923. He started working as a journalist, but soon settled as a librarian at the …

Dee, John

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Author(s): Szőnyi, György E.
Dee, John, * 13 Jul 1527 (London), † 26 Mar 1609 (Mortlake) Humanist, mathematician, geographer, antiquarian, astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I. A cultural traveller on the Continent, including East-Central Europe. One of the most intriguing representatives of occult philosophy [→ occult/occultism] in the late-Renaissance period. 1. Biography: From Humanism to Magic Dee was born into a well-to-do textile merchant family which traced its origins to the nobility of Wales. From his father he inherited the intense ambition to fashion himself as a gent…