A Seventeenth-century Odyssey in East Central Europe: The by Gábor Kármán

By Gábor Kármán

In A Seventeenth-Century Odyssey Gábor Kármán reconstructs the existence tale of a lesser-known Hungarian orientalist, Jakab Harsányi Nagy. The dialogue of his actions as a faculty 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 courtroom councillor of Friedrich Wilhelm, the nice Elector of Brandenburg not just sheds gentle upon the terribly flexible profession of this person, but additionally at the number of circles during which he lived. Gábor Kármán additionally provides the 1st historic research of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish reports, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).

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We do not know the reason for Harsányi’s speedy departure. Although three quarters of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Transylvanian students only enrolled at a single university, it was not uncommon for a student to decide to visit another one after one or two semesters. 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.

The dedication lists the names of Alexander Henrison, John Adamson, John Sharp, and Julius Conrad Otto. indb 38 11/17/2015 3:57:47 PM The Beginnings of an Ecclesiastical Career 39 nized for granting master’s titles, where texts written by the professors were rehearsed by students for the sake of practice (“exercitii gratia”). 97 A couple of weeks after Tarczali’s disputation summer holidays started at the Edinburgh Academy. They usually lasted at least one month, but occasionally even went on until mid-October.

2 (Pápa, 1908), 112. We know even less about Mátyás Gönczi: he cannot be found either in any database of church history, or in the lists of the students of the Debrecen, Sárospatak, and Szatmár colleges. Cf. Thury, Iskolatörténeti adattár; Richárd Hörcsik, A sárospataki református kollégium diákjai 1617– 1777 [Students of the Reformed Church College of Sárospatak 1617–1777] (Sárospatak, 1998); László Bura, Szatmári diákok 1610–1852 [Students of Szatmár 1610–1852] (Szeged, 1994). The market town of Gönc, Gönczi’s probable place of origin, is close to Kassa.

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