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 elegant Porte, as a secretary of a Moldavian voivode in exile, in addition to a court docket councillor of Friedrich Wilhelm, the good Elector of Brandenburg not just sheds mild upon the terribly flexible occupation of this person, but additionally at the number of circles during which he lived. Gábor Kármán additionally offers the 1st old research of Harsányi’s contribution to Turkish reports, the Colloquia Familiaria Turcico-latina (1672).
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Extra info for A Seventeenth-century Odyssey in East Central Europe: The Life of Jakab Harsányi Nagy
András Csehi to the Council of Nagybánya (), Lajos Kaposi, “A régiek” [The ancients], Magyar Protestáns Egyházi és Iskolai Figyelő 6 (1884), 268 (in the following: MPEIF VI). On the phenomenon generally, see András Péter Szabó, “Haller Gábor naplójának forrásai” [The sources of the diary of Gábor Haller], in Emlékezet és devóció a régi magyar irodalomban, ed. Mihály Balázs and Csilla Gábor (Kolozsvár, 2007), 416–417. Bots and W. Th. M. Frĳhoff, “De studentenpopulatie van de Franeker academie: Een kwantitatief onderzoek (1585–1811)” [The student population of the Academy of Franeker: A quantitative analysis 1585–1811], in Universiteit te Franeker 1585–1811, ed.
György Gömöri, “Magyar peregrinusok a XVII. századi Cambridge-ben” [Hungarian students in 17th-century Cambridge], Irodalomtörténeti Közlemények 79 (1985): 196; Gömöri, Magyarországi diákok, 51. Keith L. Sprunger, Dutch Puritanism: A History of English and Scottish Churches of the Netherlands in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Leiden, 1982), 123–141. Szepsi Csombor, Europica varietas, 192–193. 79 We know of some occasions on which he was visited by students from Hungary and Transylvania, and it is very likely that he became acquainted with others and helped them during their stays in London.
36 Apafi can hardly have needed any other private teachers besides these two, and this suggests that Harsányi met Apafi not during his elementary, but rather during secondary, school studies, after Harsányi had come back from his peregrination. We will return later to this hypothesis which is important for Harsányi’s biography. Even if he did not teach Apafi in this period Harsányi certainly had a good many students during his years in college, and probably even afterwards. In most cases graduates from colleges could not immediately visit academies abroad, since they first had to prove their diligence as schoolmasters in elementary schools, as well as thereby repaying the services they received from the Church and their patrons during their studies.
A Seventeenth-century Odyssey in East Central Europe: The Life of Jakab Harsányi Nagy by Gábor Kármán