Biography of Conrad Lycosthenes (Conrad Wolffhart), author of the Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon

Biography of Conrad Lycosthenes (Conrad Wolffhart), author of the Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon


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Conrad Lycosthenes (Conrad Wolffhart) (August 8, 1518 - March 25, 1561), was an Alsatian humanist and encyclopedist, son of Theobald Wolffhart and Elizabeth Kürsner, sister of the also known Protestant theologian Conrad Pellicanus recognized for having created one of the most impressive history, the «Prodigiorum Ac Ostentorum Chronicon«.

From 1535 to 1539, Conrad studied philosophy in Heidelberg and in 1942 he traveled to Basel where he began to teach Grammar and Dialectics until in 1545 he became a Deacon of the Church of Saint-Leonard, at the age of 27.

On December 21, 1554 he suffered a hemiplegia, losing the ability to use your right hand. However, he learned to write with the left and continued his profuse literary work until his death from a stroke on March 25, 1561 at only 43 years old.

His best known work is, as we mentioned before, the one called «Bestiary«, Whose full name of the work is actually«Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon, quae praeter naturae ordinem, et en superioribus et su inferioribus mundi regionibus, ab exordio mundi usque ad haec nostra tempora acciderunt«, Which is a very exhaustive compilation effort of all the drawings and descriptions of beasts and creatures that travelers had discovered throughout history.

However, his work was even more extensive and his works include editions, translations, and compilations. This is his list of works:

1547: Comments on De viris illustribus.
1551: Elenchus scriptorum omnium.
1551: Gnomologia ex AEneae Sylvii operibus collecta.
1552: Iulii Obsequentis Prodigiorum liber, ab urbe condita usque ad Augustum Caesarem, cujus tantum extabat Fragmentum, nunc demum Historiarum Benefit, by Conradum Lycosthenem Rubeaquensem, integrati suae restitutus.
1552: J. Ravisii Textoris officina.
1555: Apophthegmatum sive responsorum memorabilium, ex probatissimis quibusque tam graecis quam latinis auctoribus priscis pariter atque recentioribus, colectorum Loci communes ad ordinem alphabeticum redacti.
1557: Epitome Stobaei Sententiarum.
1557: Parabolae sive similitudines ex var. auct ab Erasmo collectae, in locas communes redactae.
1557: Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon, quae praeter naturae ordinem, et en superioribus et su inferioribus mundi regionibus, ab exordio mundi usque ad haec nostra tempora acciderunt.
1559: Dom. Brusonii facetiarum lib. VII.
1560: Regula investigationis omnium locorum in tabula Helvetiae contentorum.

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