A Study ot an Intellectual Pügrimage BY THE REV. DR. PHILIP EDGCUMBE HUCHES (continued trom last issue) IV THE ADVANCE TO ROME It was towards the end of 1486 that PICO completed the compilation of his Nine Hundred Theses. On the 12th of November of that year he wrote from Fratta to his friend GIROLAMO BENIVIENI to say that since the latter's last visit the number of the propositions for public debate had grown from 700 to 900 and, indeed, that they would have increased to a thousand had he not called a halt 77. He adds that the symbolism of numbers also seemed to him to indicate that 900 was a good stoppingpoint, as mystically signifying the soul that is excited by the frenzy of the Muses retuming into itself 78 - an indication of the importance which he at that time attached to the significance and potency of numbers. Two days previously, in replying to a letter received from an unknown friend, he makes it evident that all was now in readiness for his grand venture. He would answer the points raised by his correspondent in greater detail, he says, were it not that his books
Philosophia Reformata – Brill
Published: Feb 20, 1958
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